Excerpt: Say you’re a content creator—video, graphic design, whatever. You want a computer that’s quiet, functional, and hopefully doesn’t look like it was designed by a candy raver, or worse, Apple. That’s what Thermaltake is betting on with its Element S, an understated black midtower case with restrained red accents and plenty of drive space that’s marketed toward content creators.
Pros: Plenty of hard drive bays; SSD bays; nicely configurable.
Cons: No eSATA; only three optical drive bays and two front USB ports.
Summary: From the outside to the inside the Thermaltake Element S Case is really something. While it does have a plastic top and front it's not your typical shinny cheap looking plastic. The side panels and inside is steel which adds weight but means it's really sturdy. Also, there are lots of drive bays and a torrent of features, many of them are unique. Thermaltake did an excellent job of this case and its one of the best mid-tower cases out there.
Excerpt: Thermaltake has been in the case game for quite a while now and I remember when the company first launched the Xaser series of cases. While not to everyone's liking, they did push the boundary with looks while also offering a pretty nice feature set at the same time.
Summary: What I liked most about the Thermaltake Element S is the overall design. The removable hard drive cage has plenty of room for 3.5" drives, and the removable PSU cover can handle two more 2.5" SSD drives. Airflow inside the case is good, and the front door panel does a good job of cutting down the fan noise, even with dual 120mm fans installed. The side panels also work well to cut down noise and vibration.
Pros: Nice black finish throughout the case, Plenty of room for hard drives (seven 3.5" and two 2.5"), Anti-vibration rubber edging on the side panels, Up to six fans can be installed (three included), Fans are fairly quiet
Cons: Lots of plastic, Steel covers need to be removed before installation, Non-removable motherboard tray, No tool-less options for 5.25" drives or expansion cards, No available external 3.5" bay or adapter, 60mm fans on rear panel (if installed) block expansion card screws
Summary: You won't find elements like HOT ² or Cool² on the Periodic Table, but you will find them at your local computer emporium in a new Element lineup of cases from Thermaltake. These case have so much to offer and the best part of all is they will not break your budget when you go to buy one of them.
Conclusion: The Thermaltake ElementS is a sleek looking chassis that works for an office or gaming environment. The smart design and massive airflow make it a good choice for today’s hotter running systems. We use a couple of 73 CFM fans on the CPU when we have the rig up and running and with the sides on the chassis you can’t hear the rig running.
Summary: An attractive in its simplicity, manageable, and overall efficient case. You get what you see in advertisement it is “Created for Pros”. You will definitely appreciate this case if you work on your computer as a job. The nice touches such as anti-vibration layers and folding edges just adds the icing on the cake. Even though you can’t control the speed of the fans you likely won’t need to. Even though huge in some cases, the fans were quiet especially for their size.
Excerpt: The good folks at Thermaltake, fresh off the heels of the Spedo gaming chassis, have taken a step in a slightly different direction with their newest chassis design with the Element Series. The Element Series, which bares the tag line Create for Pros, is more targeted towards the professional market than the usual gamer market.
Pros: Style and design, Cable management, Multi-Directional HDD cage, Up to 7 x 3.5″ HDDs and 2 x 2.5″ SSDs/HHDs, Mouse and Keyboard Security, Bottom PSU Mount, Liquid Cooling Holes Pre-cut, Anti-vibration & noise reduction material on side panel, Black Throughout Chassis, Great air-flow, Rolled edges
Cons: No 3.5″ drive adapter for card readers, Optical Bays not tool-less, Plastic case feet, Non-replaceable punch out PCI covers
Summary: This is one of the best cases I have ever worked in, the edges of the metal is smooth bringing the cuts I get down to a minimum. The cable management is also at a premium, they had a slanted metal piece to the right of the motherboard with holes in it to run cables through the back where no one looks. However, there were no holes to bring the IDE cable and power to my optical drives, even though there were several down lower by the motherboard.