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Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L: Review

MasterBox Q500L

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MasterBox Q500LLast year Cooler Master released one of the coolest cases for their MasterBox series, Q300L. Q300L has Mini-Tower design which supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. The case was designed with a great concern for mobility, style, and customizability. In short, the release of Q300L was a huge success. This year, Cooler Master just released Q500L case which has the same characteristics as Q300L but with few internal changes. MasterBox Q500L is a Mini-Tower case with Acrylic window that supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX type of motherboards.

 

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master
Product Name: MasterBox Q500L
Price at time of review: $ 59.99 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Technical Specifications

Product Name MasterBox Q500L
Product Number MCB-Q500L-KANN-S00
Exterior Color Black
Materials – Body Steel, Plastic
Materials – Windowed Side Panel Acrylic
Dimensions 386(L) x 230(W) x 381(H) mm
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
5.25″ Drive Bays 0
Combo 3.5″ / 2.5″ Drive Bays 2 (each bay supports: 1 HDD or 2 SSDs)
2.5″ SSD Drive Bays 0
I/O Panel – USB Ports USB 3.0 x 2
I/O Panel – Audio In / Out 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack, 1 x 3.5mm Mic Jack
Pre-installed Fan(s) – Rear 120mm x 1
Fan Support – Top 120mm x 2 or 140mm x 2
Fan Support – Rear 120mm x 1
Fan Support – Bottom 120mm x 2
Radiator Support – Top 120 / 240mm (35mm max motherboard component height)
Radiator Support – Rear 120mm
Clearance – CPU Cooler 160mm / 6.29 inch
Clearance – Power Supply 180mm / 7.08 inch
Clearance – Graphics Card 360mm / 14.17 inch (270mm clearance with PSUs longer than 160mm)
Cable Routing – Behind MB Tray 27~30mm
Dust Filters Bottom
Power Supply Support Top front mount, ATX PS2
EAN Code 4719512080580
UPC Code 884102053078

 

The shipping box of MasterBox Q500L is nearly identical to Q300L. This recycle friendly shipping box offers good structural support and also very light in weight. Entire package weight is about 12Lb. Some of the Q500L features are described in black and white on the box.

Overall it is hard to say what color is the case or what kind of window is in this case because of the lack of the color.

Internally the case was packaged in between of two plastic foam inserts which kept actual case snug in the box. The Q500L was covered with a protective plastic bag to help with any accidental scratches. The left side window is made from Acrylic and partially transparent. To keep this part of the case damage free Cooler Master applied thin plastic tape to the outer side of the Acrylic window.

MasterBox Q500L

The Q500L doesn’t have much of accessory pack. What I found in the case was MasterBox Q500L instruction manual, a small bag with miscellaneous screws and a warranty card.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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