Packaging & Up-Close
The case comes well packed, and the need for any extra packaging is fairly low, which is a good thing, especially when a case costs this much. The box is fairly heavy, and taking this up a few flights of stairs would certainly test your strength!
As you can see, the case is wedged between 2 pieces of stiff foam. This is a method employed by more and more manufacturers, and it seems to work well. The case is then inside a cloth bag, stopping any scratches or other marks getting onto the chassis.
Once out of the box, I was immediately stunned by the case's beauty. The paint used on the case is extremely glossy, and looks amazing. The front of the case is dominated by the LCD and volume dials, whilst at the back you can see the PSU hole and 120mm fan grill.
As you can see, the DH 104 is a high quality metal construction. The side of the case looks a bit like a heatsink, and although we can't see it really aiding with cooling, it still looks nice. Under the volume dial are various controls, similar to those you would normally find on a DVD player. These are all useful for navigating menus on the LCD when your other half has lost the remote.
We don't normally look at case feet, as they're not really a selling point of a case. However, on the DH 104 they are very nice indeed. They are a golden colour and made of metal with rubber 'soles' which should stop vibrations. Finally, there is a little flap which pops down to reveal the 2 USB ports, Firewire port and headphone & mic jacks.
It was good to see Thermaltake not skimping on the places where it really matters. Volume dials can often be light and 'tacky'. This, however, had a nice heavy feel - a solid piece of metal construction. The power button also makes a quality click, making turning a PC on with the DH 104 a pleasant treat.