Installation is rather easy with all of the tool-free designs added to the case. Since the power supply is already installed, we don’t have to worry about installing one. We first start on inserting the copper standoffs for the motherboard and attaching the motherboard to the case.
To install an external drive bay you must first remove the front bezel, which can be somewhat difficult to remove; like a lot of cases. Just grab your hand under the front bezel and pull forward, firmly yet gently. The nice part is you don’t have to worry about any cables being tugged when removing the bezel because there aren’t any attached to it. This is mainly because the power/reset buttons on the bezel are just clips which press the real buttons attach to the case.
You can then remove the bay covers and any other metal covers over the other bays; the top bay has no steel cover. Then just slide your drive into the slot, line it up with the front bezel and slide the tool-free locking mechanism for that bay towards the front of the case.
The hard drives also have their own tool-free design. Each attachment has two anti-vibration pads to help reduce HDD noise and vibration. A simple clip to the sides of the HDD and a slide into the hard drive cage locks the hard drive into place.
The final installation step is also a breeze with the tool-free design on the expansion cards. A simple push on the top of the clip will release the pressure and allow you to remove the cover. Then attach your card and push the clip so it clicks back into a locking position. The only downside to this tool-free mechanism is the quality of the plastic that is used. It’s not the greatest plastic to be holding a card into place, but should do for single-installs.
Once everything is installed your case should look something like this.
The only noticeable external illumination for the Sileo 500 is the power/reset buttons and HDD lights found on the front bezel.