A Closer Look: Exterior
The overall aesthetic of this chassis is very pleasing to the (my) eye; it is obvious Cooler Master wanted it to be eye-catching. The diamond cutting on the front and side panels is definitely a unique design element especially for a case at this price point. While the front panel can be snapped and unsnapped from the chassis, the side panel is held on with oversize thumb screws through rubber grommets, much like so many tempered glass panels on more expensive cases.
The panels themselves are a smoked transparent acrylic which gives the case a more premium look than many of the chassis' competitors, and the edge-to-edge design of the side panel is a bold choice that pays off for the TD500L. Furthermore, the diamond-cut design adorning the front and side panels is three-dimensional (not just laser etched), which will work with your case/fan lighting to create a truly unique look for your system. Lastly, the angular/tapered design of the front bezel really ties the room... er... the case, together well.
The top grille piece is designed with offset fan/radiator mounts, which means you'll have good clearance for thicker radiators or even a push-pull configuration. You also get a magnetic dust filter covering the top, to prevent settling dust from entering your system.
The front I/O is very clean and well organized with a centered power button, reset, drive activity light, and two USB 3.0 ports to round it out.
The rear portion of the case has a 120mm mount for fans or radiators next to the IO cutout. The metal mesh below the fan mount gives you an idea of just how tall of a GPU the case can handle... If I didn't know any better, it looks like you could fit a vertical GPU there (with some sweet case modding, of course), if you decided you didn't want to use any of the standard horizontal PCI expansion slots provided.
At the very bottom of the chassis, you've got room for a standard ATX power supply.
The underside of the case is slightly raised via four stylish corner feet that are somewhat seamlessly integrated onto the case. This is more than just a design element, however. Having the underside raised up like that gives the power supply some breathing room to pull in nice fresh air... through a dust filter no less! The filter is basic but effective, and easy to remove if and when cleaning is required. In this photo, we can also see the chassis is held together with rivets, a very effective (in both strength and cost) manufacturing method for PC chassis.