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Cooler Master HAF 922

   

The design of this system case follows the conventional principles. It is black, it has a meshed front panel and a bottom PSU bay, and there are large fans on its front and top panels. This is no wonder since the HAF 922 (or its larger ancestor HAF 932, to be exact) is in fact one of the progenitors of this design style.

 

 

This model being rather old already, we don’t see such typical features as black painting of the interior or a dust filter in the PSU bay. The HAF 922 is not compatible with 2.5-inch HDDs and does not support USB 3.0.

Included with the product are an installation guide, a box with two packs of fasteners (one pack is for the mainboard and another is for everything else), a pack of plastic straps, adapters for installing 3.5-inch devices into 5.25-inch bays, a PC speaker, and an L-shaped detail for hanging a lock on the side panel.

Besides, each of the three preinstalled fans has an adapter for a PATA power connector, so you can easily connect them to any power supply.

Like with the Thermaltake and AeroCool system cases discussed above, the I/O connectors of the HAF 922 are located in the top part of the front panel, but the latter has no slanting section. The connectors include two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA connector, headphones and microphone connectors. They can be used simultaneously unless you’ve got very large USB flash drives or 3G modems.

In the front part of the top panel there are Power and Reset buttons, a button for turning on the highlighting of the front fan, and a couple of plain red indicators of power and HDD activity.

The free space behind them might be used for storing some small things if it were separated somehow from the buttons.

The highlighting has only one mode: a rather bright red. When pressed, the highlight button turns the highlighting on. When depressed, it turns the highlighting off.

Cooler Master stays true to its long-time corporate traditions: the company’s logo in front of the fan on the face panel is glued somewhat askew.

The system case stands on cute composite feet you can see in many other Cooler Master products.

 

The decorative front panel is unexpectedly slim and, unlike in the other system cases reviewed here, is fastened to the chassis with screws. There are but thin mesh filters behind the metal grid of the façade. They do not weaken the air flow from the front fan but also do not muffle the sounds of the fans and other components.

It seems to be rather difficult to access the front fan's filter because of the screws fastening the panel, so it is easier to use a vacuum cleaner for it.

 
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