Outside the box, the Thermaltake Commander MS-I is a product both surprisingly good aesthetically but also exhibits great potential for a case with such a low a retail price. It features a futuristic design of straight lines and sharp edges with a meshed faceplate and many ventilation holes where cooling fans can be installed. It is not a large case, measuring only 43cm tall and 46cm deep, therefore it should easily fit in any office.
The faceplate of the Commander MS-I case is plastic but it feels sturdy enough. Its design is the major blame of the case’s futuristic appearance. Most of the faceplate is covered by a metallic mesh, allowing fresh air to enter the case. Strangely, the mesh is not following the common honeycomb design but a pattern of rounded holes.
At the middle of the faceplate we can see the I/O interface of the Commander MS-I. The large power-on button stands out at the right side, with the smaller reset button and the power-on/disk activity LED lights right below it. Two USB 2.0 ports and the common headphone jacks can be seen at the middle of the faceplate. This case can be ordered with one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port as well, we received the two USB 2.0 version.
Thermaltake punched the top panel of the Commander MS-I case full of holes, creating a large air venting area where one or two 120mm exhaust fans can be installed at. Thermaltake insists on one top exhaust fan for some reason and has only beveled the screw holes of the one fan but the slot for the second cooling fan is available.