The Thermaltake Element Q Mini Case
The front of the Element Q is all black and very simple with red trim that looks like a smile at the bottom. To add a bit of perspective to what you are looking at, the chassis stands just taller than a 12 oz. can of soda. The bulk of the top half is used by the 5.25" bay with a cover installed if you have no need for an optical drive. Between the power and reset buttons with indicator LEDs under them, there is the cover for the 3.5" drive bay for a floppy drive, or an internal hard drive and you leave the cover in place.
Under the Thermaltake logo on the front is where the front I/O is located. This panel allows connectivity for two USB 2.0 devices with a microphone and headphone jack between them. On the far right side you can see the pressure lock mechanism that keeps the door locked shut when it's closed.
The side is drilled to allow for an intake of air flow. The holes are drilled in a chevron pattern and will accept the use of an 80mm fan on the inside of this three sided panel.
Looking at the back of the Q you see that the top and both sides are made of one piece of steel and locked into the chassis by four screws. The power supply is mounted just above the rear I/O, so tall heat sinks are out in this chassis. On the right there is an expansion slot of a TV tuner or a HD audio card.
This side of the chassis shared the same pattern as did the other side. With only the power supply moving air inside the chassis, the added ventilation is welcomed.
The bottom of the chassis has a raised rail at the front and the back to allow the chassis to take footing on something. In all four corners you see two lines. These denote where to place the thick rubber feet that come packed inside the chassis.