A Closer Look: Exterior
With the SL600M free of its packaging, we get our first detailed look at the case and we are truly in awe of the design choices. The first element that really caught our eye was the anodized aluminum panels with a sandblasted finish. They are smooth to the touch and are free of any markings with the exception of the Cooler Master logo outline on the front panel. We were also delighted to see that Cooler Master put well-sized feet that are just over 2” high so that the bottom intake will not be restricted in any way. Looking over to the front tempered glass panel, it has a fairly dark tint with a ¾” black bezel all around it. The bezel itself is slightly enlarged toward the front of the case to hide any SSD cables if you choose to mount them near the front.
The back side of the case is a solid black steel panel with a smooth finish.
Looking at the back of the SL600M, you will instantly notice the lack of a PSU cutout and missing rear exhaust. Since the SL600M’s intake is at the bottom of the case, the PSU has been relocated towards the front of the case. Cooler Master has included a plug at the back, which then extends to the PSU’s new location. One item that we did wish they included with the plug at the back was a power switch to easily cut the power to the system. You can still do this on the PSU but it is a little inconvenient opening up the case and hunting for the switch with your fingers. Though you may think it’s a little unusual to omit the exhaust fan with the SL600M, it has been designed to exhaust solely from the top. If a rear fan was included, it would probably interrupt the intended airflow and also add unnecessary noise.
Another neat feature that has been added to the SL600M is a rotatable PCIe plate. This allows you to increase the number of vertical PCI mounts for builds needing more than the two default ones.
Flipping over the case to the bottom, the two aluminum feet include 4 rubberized pads. These pads will keep the aluminum off the surface and prevent scratches as well as help keep the SL600M stationary. To help prevent dust getting in your case, there is also a filter covering the 2 pre-installed 200mm fans.
The filter can easily be removed to clean by pulling it from the back of the case.
The top of the case contains the same anodized aluminum as the rest of the case. Looking towards the front is the SL600M’s I/O port and a Cooler Master shaped power button. The top vent can be adjusted based on the performance to noise ratio you prefer. If you wish for a more silent system you can leave the vent in the default configuration, which will restrict the airflow but also be quieter. You can increase the airflow by either propping up the vent or completely removing it.
Even with the vent totally removed, the SL600M still looks great and should provide you with better airflow.
Taking a closer look at the SL600M’s I/O, it includes left to right and top to bottom:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- Movement sensor
- 2 x USB 2.0
- Headphone and microphone 3.5mm audio inputs
- 1 x USB 3.1
- Fan control slider