Case Build & Finished Product
Without optical bay covers, without mesh, and without tempered glass, the front view of the KL07 never changes. We still get sleekness with a dressed-up feeling, where the Kublai would fit next to the desk at home, at the office, and possibly even in the living room.
The motherboard installs without much fuss, and the video card slides into place, but the covers for the other slots then fall out. We did need to remove the cover plate at the front of the PSU cover to allow the lower header room, but still managed it easily when it was all mounted to a plate that tabbed into place and locks down with a pair of thumbscrews.
The dust shield snapped into place, and after some time fiddling with them, the slot covers were all replaced, the hinged cover shut, and screws placed in holes to lock the video card into place. The PSU aligns well at the back of the chassis, but keep in mind; you need a short one if you plan to use the HDD cage.
While routing space on the left is supposed to be for SATA power and data cables, this is where the USB Type-C cable was run, as our motherboard does not support two native USB 3.0 headers. The bulk of the wires run through the straps provided in the chassis, with tie straps used sparingly at the top, right side, and across the bottom of the motherboard tray. We did remove the HDD cage to allow enough room for the PSU and cables. Otherwise, we do not have one small enough to leave it is and still power the system.
From every angle, no matter which side you want to view of the KL07, it looks the same as when we got it out of the box. It is not until you attempt to move the chassis that you can tell there is something inside, and we appreciate this feature of the chassis.
When the chassis and system are powered, the only thing you will see is that the blue power LED is on all of the time. There is an occasional flicker of the red HDD activity LED, just below the blue LED, but we missed it as the M.2 drive boots so fast. Also, from this distance, the chassis is not heard. We have to be closer than a foot from the chassis before a slight hum can be heard, on any side other than the back, as it does push some noise with the exhaust fan.
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