I like lights in cases-it adds a uniqueness and wow factor to it. When I was in college, visitors to my apartment/dorm wouldn't really notice my computer unless I had the lights on. That said, I like to be able to turn off case/fan lights, and the Cosmos S has no option for that.
In addition to the red light which emanates from the fan in the hard drive cage, there is a blue light on my Thermaltake DuOrb GPU cooler and an aftermarket cold cathode fluorescent light-which has an on/off switch-on the side behind the drive bay cage.
The power button is really cool because it's not actually a button. It's an induction pad, which means that it needs a warm something to activate it. This means that a slip of the hand could activate it, or perhaps the paw of a mountain-goating cat (read: cat which loves to climb things).
This case is one of the best cases I've reviewed. It's virtually tool-less, leaving only the motherboard and hard drives needing tools. I would have liked to see Cooler Master include additional thumbscrews for both purposes.
The front panel provides more than enough port love. Most of the cases I've owned placed USB ports at the bottom of the case on the front or the side, so I've used the ports on my Dell 2007WFP's hub. However, with four USB ports on the front-top of the case and the case being at sitting level, I fancy I'll be using the case ports before the monitor ports.
The case has more than enough room for cooling devices. The case supports five 120 mm fans and a 200 mm fan. Normally, I'd knock a case for being loud, but Cooler Master's intended audience for this case is enthusiasts and overclockers who need as much cooling as possible. There's even watercooling hose ports on the rear of the case. I fancy that a savvy user could put a water tank in the top fan area, thus encapsulating the whole system.
The solid expansion bay covers are perhaps the source of my largest frustration with the case. Fortunately, these are easily replaceable or simply omitted if need be. I would think that Cooler Master should include mesh covers so as to allow airflow through the expansion bays
I really would like to see some kind of case strap mechanism for this case-something which a user could snap or clip onto the two rails/handles on the top and carry it like a one would with a Gear Grip or the like. The cloth travel bag is certainly a step in the correct direction, but a shoulder strap would be that extra $10 to $20 that turns this incredibly awesome case into something so fantastic words could not describe it.
ThinkComputers gives the Cooler Master Cosmos S Case a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor's Choice Award for being my new case!
- Induction-activated power button
- Four front USB ports
- Front eSATA port
- Immense amount of space inside
- Easy release side panels
- Incredibly sturdy construction
- Fits e-ATX motherboards
- Can't turn off fan lights
- No reset button (why?)