Streacom DA2 Mini-ITX Chassis
The front of the DA2 is minimalist as it comes. As you can see here, the front is a solid aluminum panel with only a power button and a Type-C port.
The top of the DA2 is a wrap-around of the same aluminum panel that makes up the front as the entire chassis carries this design aesthetic around its outer plane. You can see that inside of the outer metal panel there is a gap and this can help with airflow as it has mesh on both ends, we will look at that later in the review as well.
Here we get a close up look at the front I/O, which is the definition of minimalist. If you look closely, you can see that the recessed black power button has a tiny dot in the middle, which serves as a power LED. It is subtle but carries the theme I think this chassis is trying to deliver. There is also a Type-C port found here, and it uses an internal 20-pin USB 3.1 Gen 1 header. This, of course, means you will be limited to Gen 1 speeds unless you pick up an adapter cable to hook up the 20-pin to your 3.2 Gen 2 connector on your motherboard.
The main component side panel is where you start to see the apple-esque look I referred to before. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like this looks a lot like the older mac pro towers only minimized. These perforated panels you see here pull off and are held on with friction of the rubber pads that are on each edge of the panel.
Here we have the rear I/O side of the DA2, and you can see once again it is quite scant. The rear fan mount supports a 92mm fan and the motherboard I/O is standard opening like you would expect. The power cord connection is a telltale sign that the PSU is located internally. This means you will want to pay special attention to ensuring the PSU is switched on before getting everything buttoned up. The aluminum chunk you see above the expansion slots is the retention mechanism for expansion cards; we will dig into that shortly.
The panel on the cable management side is an almost exact mirror of the opposing side. They use the same panel design so the panels can be installed in either orientation. It is also worth noting that Streacom will be releasing a tempered glass panel that can be installed on the DA2. If going air cooling, the glass panel may be a viable option.
The bottom of the DA2 is more solid aluminum wrapped around the perimeter. Two large rubber feet strips keep the DA2 from sliding around a desk or even worse scratching the desk or table surface it rests on.