The top of the case is where all the buttons and ports are held. There’s a fairly usual selection of connections but four USB ports and an eSATA is nothing to be sniffed at, especially when there’s also a headphone port conveniently located there too.
The buttons of the case feel nicely expensive too thanks to metal construction and a matt finish. Those in the know will already be familiar with ‘The Martin Test’, a highly scientific process to measure the security and build quality of the case’s finer details and those people will therefore be glad to know the Cosmos passed with flying colours.
For those not in the know: when I tried to wobble the power button with my finger it didn’t rattle annoyingly and the button gave a satisfying click when pressed. No need to thank me for this exhaustive testing by the way – it’s all in a days work for us here at bit-tech.
The power buttons are a good indicator of a cases general build quality though and in this the Cosmos didn’t disappoint. Everywhere we looked, the Cosmos had been solidly built and showed evidence of a well thought-out construction. Take the side panels for example; they are removed using a lever on the back of the case. Pulling the lever removes a hook which lets the top of the panel pop out.
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However, hooks at the bottom of the panel stop the panel from simply falling to the floor if you haven’t got hold of it and, more importantly, the lever doesn’t need to be held in when you put the panel back on. It’s simply a case of pushing the panel firmly when it’s in the right position so that the hooks can lock in by themselves.
Speaking of removing the side panels though, what do you say you and I have a look inside the case and check out the interior?
Minister of The Interior
Moving inside the case is where things get really interesting. Removing the side panels is an interesting experience in itself actually, because the moment you lift the lever and grab hold of the panel you notice the thick black sponge on the inside of the side panel which is there to deaden noise. It’s useful, unexpected and deeply, deeply sensuous to touch.
The rest of case is even better. The first thing most people will do on opening the Cosmos though is get a bit confused and disappointed unfortunately. They’ll remove the side panel, appreciate the foam and then spot the massive black barrier inside the case. It’s a long plastic thing with the Cooler Master logo on one end and it clips into the side of the case.
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“Is this a heat chute?” the proud Cosmos owner will ask themselves. Then they’ll look at the side of it, realise it couldn’t possibly funnel heat in any way and scratch their heads in bewilderment. “Is it meant to hold back the wires or something?” The confused PC builder will wonder.
Yes. Yes – it must be. After all, it doesn’t seem to fulfil any other purpose other than holding back wires. It could be a guard of some sort for the GPU – but what exactly it would guard it against is a mystery.
Thankfully, this wire-guard can be easily removed and discarded – revealing the wonders within. First up is the toolkit, a brushed aluminium box which opens at either end to reveal a load of screws, cable ties and two nice keyring screwdrivers. It’s a bit of an obvious ploy to woo customers, but it works and the tool box is nice enough to earn a permanent place by the side of the case. In fact, the two look very good next to each other.