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Thermaltake Element Q Mini-ITX Chassis w/ 220W Power Supply - Final Thoughts

Thermaltake proves once again that nice things do come in small packages.

| Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 13, 2010 2:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts

 

The Element Q is the perfect solution to my plans for internet usage and streaming movies to the comfort of my couch. The simplistic exterior with just a flash of red is going to fit nicely. Thermaltake wasn't joking when they pointed out the three Qs on the packaging. This case is in fact very small (Quintessence)! - It is nice to look at, although "Qute" (or cute) inflects images of puppies and kittens, and this isn't furry nor does it have a tail, so I will go with it having very nice styling. Then we have "Quiet" and with only one fan doing the work. And that fan is well inside and to the back of the chassis, so it leaves no audible trace of its presence. Whether in open air or when I set it in my entertainment center did I even get a slight reflection of noise; it is most certainly quiet.

The simple design of the inside of the chassis is a huge plus from where I stand. Most users already have a desktop hard drive or two and a few 5.25" optical drives lying around. For the Element Q to be designed with both to be able to be used in such a small foot print was a shock. In many others like this, I have to go into my specialty parts pile and pull out my slim optical drive and notebook HDDs to get one of these up and running. For my needs this chassis is exactly what I needed. Now I just need to go to Newegg,com and order me a BR drive and another TV tuner and I will be all set for my HTPC needs.

This chassis has been on the market for a while now, so getting one anywhere Thermaltake is carried will be easy. When the chassis was first released it had an MSRP of $80 and with what I found it was worth every dollar of that pricing. As with many parts as time went by, prices do tend to drop a bit. Finding the Element Q on Newegg.com for $64.99 isn't a total surprise and it works in our favor. Looking at the chassis for $65 makes the deal that much sweeter, and if you have a system similar to mine, this may well be the perfect case for your HTPC needs.

 

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