Conclusion: Overall we are quite satisfied with Thermaltake Element Q in term of design, performance although there are some minor weaknesses but it is still considered pretty good for such newly launched product; we strongly believe Thermaltake will continue working on it to improve the upcoming revision.
Pros: + Small & light weight, + Support std hardware except the board, + Simple installation, + Pre-bundled 220W APFC PSU, + Front I/O ports, + Ideal for Intel Atom platform
Cons: - Compatibility issue can't be avoided, - Noisy PSU fan, - Airflow can be further improved
Summary: This is an ideal little case for a HTPC. It is quiet - the one I got had a virtually silent PSU fan - and looks good enough to sit below your TV. For my usage I use a Sapphire PURE White E350 (IPC-E350M1W) motherboard with a Crucial SSD and 6GB of RAM with OpenElec media centre software (based on XBMC and very easy to install). The motherboard was easy to install once I had taken the PSU out and there is a reasonable distance betweeen the CPU and PSU with this board.
Summary: Great tiny case that im using for a htpc small in size, but enough space to install a couple of drives and a full size dvb card Only down side for this case is the psu fan is noisy, but its replaceable so if it annoys me to much i'll get a new one in a few months.
Summary: This a good case, but bit loud. I am purchased it to build a HTPC, but its loudness fills the room, and makes hard to sleep. After I've changed the power supply the loudness disappeared, and now functioning properly.
Lovely little case, with a couple of points to note...
damikeh "damikeh", Amazon
11 April 2013
Summary: Love the size, and the way it comes apart etc, the only downsides are: 1) the reliability of the proprietary SFF PSU 2) Wasted space under the "FDD" tray - there could easily be another 2.5/2.5 HDD mount there.
Thermaltake VL52021N2 Element Q 220W Mini ITX Case
D. J. Bezuidenhout "DerekBez", Amazon
4 February 2012
Summary: Like: Solidly built. Reasonably well laid out. Nice integrated PSU of decent output. But... PSU fan louder than I expected. I have the Asus mobo and an i5. The clearance between the CPU cooler and the bottom of the PSU is less than a millimetre. When installing the mobo, you'd have to install the CPU and cooler first, then put the board into the case, then do the memory. Not regretting my choice, and would recommend the case.
Summary: These are my sistem spcs inside this fancy little case: AsRock Z68M-ITX/HT Motherboard Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Scythe Kozuti Low Profile CPU Cooler : SCKZT-1000 Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Module Kit Crucial CT064M4Solid State Drive2 64GB M4 Solid State Drive Toshiba MK2576GSX 2.5 inch 250GB 5400RPM SATA Internal Hard Disk Drive LiteOn IHAS122-18 22x Internal SATA DVD-RW BLK OEM PROS: Fantastic air flow, everithing inside is much...
Summary: Came as expected. Not a bad case for a HTPC or small desktop. Both of which I am using it for. The negatives are the wrong plug for the UK and the front panel USBs are up-side-down. Also, I could have gone for a slightly quieter powwer unit. Though that said it is quiet and only the power fan makes a light hum.