Thermaltake Chaser MK-I Case Review
Outside the box, the Chaser MK-I is a very large tower case which features a highly futuristic design of many edges and sharp angles combined with lighting. Despite the hefty size and the steel body the Chaser MK-I is not too heavy, weighting just over 11.5kg when empty.
The faceplate of the Chaser MK-I is made out of hard plastic and metallic mesh. Thermaltake designed it to follow the whole futuristic concept of the Chaser MK-I case and it clearly is not meant for people with a taste for clean and elegant designs. The many sharp edges and angles are forming a complex, downright aggressive design. All of the 5.25” covers are made out of a metallic mesh and are externally removable. They are extremely easy to remove as well, you only need to push the blue plastic flaps seen at their sides together and pull the cover right off. A simple nickel plated company logo can be seen at the bottom middle part of the faceplate.
The front I/O and buttons of this case can be found at the top side of the faceplate. The large power button can be seen at the center of the faceplate, surrounded by a winged design which actually is the power on LED. The LED will blink on and off while the system is powered on, which can be a little annoying if the case is within your field of vision while using the computer.
At the right side Thermaltake placed all of the front connection ports, which are two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and two USB 3.0 ports. The USB 3.0 is using an internal header and no cables will have to be routed to the back of your motherboard; however your motherboard must have an USB 3.0 internal header available as well.
At the left side the two headphone jacks can be seen, as well as the three buttons controlling the speed of the case’s main fans and the reset button sharing its spot with a tiny HDD activity LED.
At the middle, right above the power on button, Thermaltake installed a SATA dock for 2.5” and 3.5” SATA devices, allowing the user to connect and remove disk drives as easily as if they were floppy disks.