Summary: When the UPS man brought us the Level 10's gigantic box on a little cart, we were expecting Thermaltake's vision of the ultimate enthusiast case. Those 50 pounds of aluminum and that $700 price tag seemed like things only a die-hard enthusiast would be willing to swallow. The product we unpacked was something a little different.
Excerpt: Computer cases tend to reveal certain things about their owners. With one glance, your friends can estimate just how serious (or casual) your computer hardware addiction may be. Whether the chassis is a generic, cream-colored throwback from the 90's, a standard mid-tower with a couple of LED fans, or an extravagant full-tower gaming behemoth with see-through side panels and custom graphics, first impressions unavoidably start with the enclosure.
Conclusion: There is a sense of pride in owning a product like the Level 10, whether it is the satisfaction you get from possessing something that is truly one of a kind or because it's just downright expensive, it's a great feeling. For those that can afford it, the Level 10 is an iconic case that will likely stay with you for a very long time.
Excerpt: This would be a case unlike any to date with a very nontraditional asymmetrical design that not only had form, but function as well. The designers took inspiration from the virtual world and game components to find the Level 10′s unique style. It looks like a city turned on end. Some may not like this, some may love it; either way everyone will stare at it. The Level 10 was not made just to be looked at, but to be a good performing case as well.
Summary: The Level 10 is an excellent and inspired work of design, and a slightly less inspired work of engineering. For $700, we like a bit more solidity to a case, weight be damned. If you’re looking for the best performance you can wring out of your rig, your $700 may be better spent elsewhere. But if you’re looking to get a good case that makes an unmistakable statement, the Level 10 certainly fits the bill.
Conclusion: A-t-on loupé sa vie si l'on ne possède pas de Level 10 à 30 ans ? Question certes un peu caustique, mais qui mérite d'être posée tant Thermaltake a cherché à faire de son boîtier une œuvre rare et originale. Preuve en est ce tirage très limité à seulement 1 000 exemplaires. Mais pour prétendre au rang d'objet d'exception, quelques conditions sont nécessaires : excellence des finitions, idées innovantes et ergonomie sans faille.
Pros: La trappe pour ventirad, La ventilation des disques
Cons: Qualité de construction / Finition, Ergonomie quasi-inexistante, Rapport qualité/prix exécrable