Coolermaster Centurion 5 mid-tower case

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DESIGN

Subjective opinions are just that, but I really enjoy the looks of the Centurion 5. It's understated, subtle class. Not flashy, although it does have the super bright blue LED's that all the rage. The front bezel is where the real design innovation is on the Cent V. Essentially the entire bezel is a fine perforated steel mesh, backed by a foam filter material, which we will examine in detail once we get inside.

The lower bezel holds the Power / Reset / LED panel, and the I/O ports which includes the usual audio, 2 USB 2.0 and a Firewire port. The buttons are large, and aluminum, with a responsive quality feel. I could do without the emblem, but to each their own.

The bezel removes easily without struggle. Once off, the heft of the assembly is surprising. The anodized aluminum extrusions combine with the metal mesh to produce a very sturdy unit. Flipping it over provides a better look at the mesh and foam. The external drive bay covers are screwed to the aluminum extrusions, requiring the bezel to be removed each time you want to remove a cover. This is not a terrible inconvenience, so long as you remember that you cannot just pop the covers off as you can on most other cases.



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