Author: Frank Stroupe
Small cases are something very new to me. Up until now, the smallest case I’ve owned is a midtower. I’ve had extended midtowers, I’ve had cases larger than that but smaller than a full tower, and I’ve had several full towers. My main rig is housed in a full tower, and its replacement will likely be an aluminum full tower.
And of course some of those cases have been Thermaltake cases. My first full tower was an Xaser VI, and I’ve had a few more Tt full towers after that one. I like the way Thermaltake cases are set up, and am always glad to get another.
But recently, I’ve had the bug for a small footprint rig for HTPC. I have had several mATX motherboards over the past year, but never ended up with a small case for them. Recently I was asked to review a Mini-ITX motherboard, and this time I couldn’t wing it, I would have to have a case for it.
Imagine my excitement when I opened the box and saw that familiar orange and red Thermaltake logo. I’ve had one Thermaltake HTPC styled case, but though it was a desktop it still was large enough to house an ATX motherboard. Not so here, this one will hold only the 6.7” x 6.7” Mini-ITX board. Today I will be looking at the Thermaltake Element Q Mini-ITX Case. It is quite small, but still has room for a 5.25” drive and a pair of 3.5” drives. It also comes with its own 220 watt power supply. Read on to check out the Thermaltake Element Q!
Case Type: Mini
Case Material: SGCC
Front Bezel Material: Plastic
Motherboard Support: Mini ITX
5.25″ Drive Bay: 1
Ext. 3.5″ Drive Bay: 1
Int. 3.5″ Drive Bay: 1
Expansion Slots: 1
Front I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply Supported: SFX
Power Supply: Included 220W SFX Power Supply
Dimensions: 130mm x 220mm x 330mm (5.12” x 8.66” x 13”) (H*W*D)
Net Weight: 2.7 kg (5.95 lb)
Warranty: 3 Year
Though the box is small, it is the familiar black with the orange and red Thermaltake logo. The box is covered with features and specs.
Inside, the case is well protected with foam.