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The accessories to the Element G include a multilingual user manual, a set of fasteners of all kinds (each kind in an individual pack), a faceplate for a 3.5-inch device, a plastic anti-theft fastener for mouse and keyboard cables, and a few single-use cable straps.

There are also a couple of plastic casings for 120mm fans you can replace the 200mm front-panel fan with.

The side panels are 0.8 millimeters thick, which is good, and are further reinforced with extrusions. Still, notwithstanding these tricks, the panel with the preinstalled fan is rigid but the other one wobbles in your hands when you take it off.

As opposed to the Enermax Hoplite we tested earlier, the extruded section goes into the panel, leaving less space to lay cables in behind the mainboard. Well, the deepest extrusion is closer to the back where there is only a mainboard power cable, so you still have quite enough of space for your cables.

As we wrote above, the appearance of the system case is enlivened with the red moldings along the edges, but the segments of the moldings are not fitted together very neatly.

On the interior of the side panels you can see rubber pads that absorb vibrations.

The Element G developers have come up with a clever solution for connecting the side-panel fan. With other system cases, you have to disconnect this fan before you take the side panel off, and you have to be careful not to damage the connector or cut the wire. You won't have any such problems with the Element G because no cables trail behind the side panel when you take the latter off. The photos describe the ingenious simplicity of the solution quite well.

One consequence of it is that when you take the side panel off with the side fan’s highlighting turned on and then put it back in its place, the highlighting of that fan will reset to the first mode. If another mode has been selected for the rest of the fans, their highlighting goes out of phase, so to say.

  

 

Assembling a computer system in this case was rather easy, but we had to use our screwdriver often even where we were not supposed to (many thumbscrews were too tight to be turned with bare fingers or resided in such locations that we couldn’t grasp them properly).

 

You don’t have to remove the front panel in order to install 5.25-inch devices. The faceplates can be easily extracted with your finger. Each device has to be fastened with screws; there are no screw-less fastening mechanisms here.

Although it is not necessary to take it off to assemble your computer, the front panel can be removed by means of a lever. The lever doesn’t seem to be any better than taking the front panel off manually as with other system cases, though.

There is a layer of foam rubber on the interior of the face panel. It suppresses the noise from the computer components and also serves as a dust filter for the front fan.

 

There is an unusual plate above the PSU bay inside the chassis. People from Thermaltake must have implemented it in order to keep the PSU in an isolated compartment for better cooling or something like that, but we can see the following two purposes for it.

First, they wanted to provide a place for 2.5-inch drives (that's not the best location possible, just like installing such a drive into a 5.25-inch bay, but better than nothing). Second, the chassis isn't rigid enough when the side panels are taken off since the internal details are 0.6mm steel. So, the additional strut helps make the chassis somewhat sturdier.

Anyway, if you don’t have to install 2.5-inch drives, we’d recommend you to remove that strut. It makes it harder to move things around inside the chassis.

 
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