Summary: There were a few things we didn't like about this case but these are small enough issues that it almost seems like nitpicking. Regardless, we'll spell these out here and let you decide for yourself.
The ease in which the top and front come off is nice but it can be somewhat of a double edge sword. While it makes working on your system a breeze, it can be an issue when moving your system.
Summary: Thermaltake is not chasing its tail when it comes to custom computer cases now days. Its new Chaser MK-I boasts a huge feature list that is catering exactly to the hardware enthusiast that wants more. Rolled edges, smooth working drive trays, great cable routing options, and it even keeps the DIY water cooling crowd in focus.
Summary: I have been a fan of for a long time, and cases like the Chaser MK-1 will keep me coming back. It is extremely well built, and the design of the case flows really well. Including dual USB 3.0 ports is great, and something that should become a standard feature. The other features of this case provide everything I need. I could rehash every feature and explain why I like them, however what you really need to know is that this case does its job extremely well.
Pros: » Tool-less 5.25" and 3.5" drive installation, » Tri-color Color-Shift fans, » Breath Lighting effect, » USB 3.0 internal connector, » Extra large CPU cooler backplate access, » LOTS of great cooling options, » Easy power supply filter cleaning, » Integrated hard drive dock, » Nearly silent, » Great craftsmanship construction
Cons: » Blue LED exhaust fan, while the others are color-shift, » Easier access to front intake filter would be nice, » Not quite as big as other full tower cases
Conclusion: Overall the case has demonstrated outstanding characteristics, making it a worthy buy. The overall performance and cooling capability of the case even at stock settings is capable of providing any high end enthusiast system with sufficient cooling. The use of the meshwork on practically all of the side panels allows for a very simple heat escape leaving components working in cool condition.
Conclusion: We wouldn’t mind having the Chaser MK-1 for our next build, particularly for the convenient hard drive dock on top. Any feature that allows us to free up desk space is welcome, to our eyes. But you’ll want to take a close look with your own eyes at the very mech-futuristic lines of this chassis before diving in. You might prefer something that’s more straight, and (wait for it...) no Chaser.
Pros: Detailed, elaborate mesh design, Built-in dock for 2.5- and 3.5-inch hard drives, Rotating feet for stability, Tons of air-cooling potential, Garish lighting you can customize or turn off
Cons: Polarizing mech-inspired design, Wobbly-feeling power button, Some screws were pre-tightened by a Greek god
Excerpt: We have come to expect some pretty big things from Thermaltake and this new full tower case is no exception. This new case has loads of features and comes with a very aggressive appearance. Thermaltake have established a respected name in the desktop chassis market. We will see if this new case helps them to maintain that respect and possibly even add to it a little.
Summary: Even minor additions, like a headset holder built into the side panel and the aforementioned foot stands and dust filters show us that Thermaltake doesn't always know when to stop adding details. For 160 bucks, you get a big, monstrous-looking case with toolless parts and plenty of options for cooling, making it a solid competitor against the likes of two of our recent favorite cases, the Corsair 650D ($200) and the SilverStone Raven RV03 ($140).
Pros: Very spacious; classy color accents; custom fan/lighting controls.
Cons: Why use any LED color other than blue? Flimsy side panels.
Summary: One of the areas of the Chaser MK-I that impressed me the most was the tool free design for the drive bays. On many other cases, the 5.25" bays may require drive aligning for pushing in buttons, or pulling tension clips. Many of those tension clips don't feel very secure. The Chaser's design required no work at all. I slid the drive into the bay far enough and it locked into place automatically. Releasing the drive required an easy push for the latch to detach.
Pros: Colorshift Fans with Color Controller, Lots of Front Connectivity, Easy Access, Fan Speed Control, Expandable Support On Top, USB 3.0 internal Header, Excellent Cable Management, Excellent Cooling, Tool Free Design, Top Mount HDD Dock, Headset Hanger, Large GPU Support
Summary: There is no doubt the Chaser MK-I is an oversize full tower design. What is more surprising is that it still maintains the style and features of a good enthusiast case. The addition of the BlacX hard drive bay is an attractive feature for those of us with extra drives lying around (or simple tech support tasks). The Colorshift fans are lots of fun to play with and allow you to customize even the lighting right out of the box.
Pros: BlacX Capability is a Nice Touch, Eight Expansion Slots, Colorshift Fans with Built-in Controller, Spacious Interior, Great Cooling With lots of Options
Cons: Large case means bulky to move around, Only comes in black and blue