A Closer Look: Exterior
Once the plastic was off the case, you can definitely see the resemblance to the other cases in the H series. It has that same industrial style and a similar front panel aesthetic, but offers new features like the top magnetic dust filter and case handle. It includes a tempered glass side panel that can be removed using two screws located on the top corners. These screws require a flat head screw driver as they are not easily removed with your fingers. But if you look in your spare change, it’s perfectly sized for a penny. The glass itself covers the whole side and has about a one-inch black border and is lightly tinted. Towards the front of the case, there is side ventilation to provide airflow for the front fans. This will be valuable if you choose to go with the acrylic front panel.
Taking a closer look at the tempered glass panel you will notice it slightly extrudes from the side case. This doesn’t affect the overall look but would have been nice if it sat flush to maintain those clean lines like the rest of the case.
The front comes pre-installed with the mesh panel as well as 2 x 200m RGB fans. At the bottom on the mesh, it sports a centered Cooler Master logo.
Moving to the other side of the H500, it includes the same side ventilation, but instead of the tempered glass, it’s a steel panel.
The back of the H500 is the standard IO and PSU cutouts as well as the rear 120mm exhaust fan.
The front I/O consists of two 3.0 and two 2.0 USB ports, a 3.5mm headset/microphone jack, HDD LED, a power button and a reset button. If you wish to control the RGB on the two 200mm fans from the I/O you can choose to connect the reset button to the included RGB controller.
On the top of the case, you have plenty of vents which can handle two 120mm / two 140mm fans or a single 200mm fan. It also can support AIO’s and radiators that are 120mm, 140mm or 240mm in size.
The top vent is also fully covered with an easily removed magnetic filter.
Looking toward the front of the case, you will also see a handle which is quite convenient while moving the case around during your build.
Flipping the H500 over, it features two elongated rubberized feet and a filtered PSU shroud. This filter can be easily pulled out via the back of the case.
If the pre-installed mesh panel isn’t the look you are going for, it can be switched out with the included smoked acrylic panel. To change the panel, you first have to remove both side panels from the case. Once they have been removed, the front easily pops off starting from the top.
Now that you have detached the front of the case, you can take off the mesh panel by removing the 8 screws holding it in place. Now, just insert the acrylic panel and secure it using those same screws.
Then, all you have to do is reattach the front back on to the case. We personally think both the mesh and acrylic match the case extremely well, so it really comes down to the type of look you are going for with your build.