Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 Case Review: Page 4 of 7

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:00am

A Closer Look – Outside

The right-side panel of the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 is a smooth black panel with no notable features. With most of the business end of the case covered in scratch film, we’ll have to peel it off to get a good look.

That’s better! With the film gone, we see now the need for it. The left side panel and front are huge panes of highly glossy plastic with a mirror smooth finish.

The Front of the case is made of one single piece of mirror finish glossy plastic with 2 angles that provide an imposing stance when viewed head on. The familiar Cooler Master logo is front and dead center, about a third of the way up from the bottom.

The front panel I/O ports are on an angle along the top. Power button, reset button, 3.5mm audio jacks, and dual USB 3.0 (type-A) make up the front. There is a disk activity light on the right edge, as well as the power light in the middle of the power button provide your status indication.

By default the case come with a striking red trim on the top and bottom of the front, but 2 included sets of trims let you change it out to white, shown here…

…or black if either of them fit your theme better.

The bottom of the case really shows off the trim on the lower side of the front. The trim also acts as a filtered intake for cooling. The PSU intake grill is also filtered.

The lower trim is also made to have imposing angles that give this case a subtle and but still aggressive stance. Note here also in this shot 2 of the four skid-resistant rubber feet.

The lower filter for the PSU intake is a flexible mesh that pops in under a few fingers stamped into the case near the rear two case feet.

The rear of the case shows a pretty typical ATX layout. The lower PSU mount with removable bracket lets you slide the PSU into and out of the case easily from the exterior via two thumbscrews. Seven I/O slots below the motherboard I/O area are standard, as is the 120mm fan mount next to it. The rear fan mount features slotted mounting holes allowing a 120mm Radiator to be positioned as needed inside, handy for all-in-one style liquid coolers.