Thermaltake Element T Mid-Tower
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-06-2009
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Exterior


The front panel of the Element T shows a full-length mesh design with matching filler blanks for the three 5" and single 3" external bays. Speaking of 3" external bays, the T model is the only one of the three Element series that offers it, something to keep in mind if you want to hang onto that floppy drive. The side panels are windowless, with only a vented portion on the left panel for installation of a fan, although one is not included.


The rear of the case reveals a gray painted interior chassis while the other two Element models come painted black inside. This doesn't make much sense to me, if you're going to paint the steel anyway, is it really much more costly to go with a color that matches the exterior finish? The layout is the same among the three, supporting a full size ATX board with bottom mounted power supply that can be mounted facing in either direction. The I/O shield included uses an antiquated component layout that is practically worthless nowadays and could easily be done without. The exhaust fan utilizes a stamped grill opening sized for a 120mm fan and a cable lock for mouse and keyboard cables is provided.


The top leading edge of the front plastic panel houses microphone/headphone audio jacks, two USB ports and the power and reset switches. It's surprising that there's no eSATA connection available, something also lacking on the G series, although one is present on the S model. Towards the rear of the top panel there's another stamped opening for an oversized 200mm exhaust fan which is included. The bottom of the case reveals four rubber pedestal type feet and a stamped grill opening for the power supply fan, although if placing the Element T on plush carpet it's likely a better idea to install the power supply with fan facing up rather than down. If you look closely at the bottom panel towards the front of the case you'll spot four indented holes that provide a spot to mount a 2" hard drive internally.

Continue as we take a look at the interior of the Element T.


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