Thermaltake Element G
Now that we’ve come full circle on the Element G, I’m still not sure what makes a "professional" case. There are commonalities among just about every case on the market, and most of these are ubiquitous and not group-specific. Sure, there are some features that may attract a certain type of demographic, but "professional" doesn’t isolate them; rather, it is a term that crosses boundaries and is more generic in its target. Perhaps "professional" seeks to identify with consumers that are more discerning, have higher expectations of great design and function that don’t sacrifice quality in the pursuit of the lowest common denominator that simply enhances a company’s bottom line. Well, if that’s "professional" then I’m all in. And I suspect many other people are as well. Marketing spin aside, the Element G does exhibit these qualities in a successful blending of each in a rather simple and straightforward setup.
The Element G is not a terribly complicated case; the features are robust and flexible, the style is straightforward, and the quality is very well done. Thermaltake is often known for its flashy cases, and the Element G has that in spades when you turn on the light show. You do, however, have the option of leaving it a static colour, or even turning it off altogether, so depending on your particular tastes you can change the setup to your heart’s content. The Element G offers some great features and a design aesthetic that conveys quality and edginess in a package that will undoubtedly appeal to the gamer crowd, particularly those who are interested in showing off something unique at a LAN party. Yet Thermaltake’s “professional” marketing slant is a bit puzzling in this instance, since the overall package here is decidedly unconservative.
The features here are excellent though, and good design transcends simple marketing hype or demographics. The interior is flexible to handle many drives, even Solid State Drives, the fans run very quiet, and the build quality enhances the experience as well. Priced at approximately $145 USD at online retailers, the Element G is priced in the upper range of the mid-tower market segment, and is in very competitive territory. It seems that the lighting is designed to be distinguishing here, but even without it, the package is well done, though a bit on the pricey side. It’s not cheap, but that’s the point here: it’s not meant to be, as the apparent "professionals" demand the best in design and quality, and are willing to pay a bit of a premium to have it.
The Thermaltake Element G is a great mid-tower case that showcases a nice blend of style, features, and quality, coming in a rather unique setup that will elicit either a love or hate response due to the lighting. But if you want something different and are looking for a quality a mid-tower that offers versatility to suit a wide range needs and tastes, the Element G deserves a good look.
Thermaltake Element G
Our thanks go to Thermaltake for providing the Element G for this review.