Simon Spencer

What I’d like to see from MasterCase in 2018

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I realise the company is focused on the H500P, C700P and the Q Series shown at Computex 2017, and that's fine.  However, since the full-tower MasterCase 7 has been teased about for over a year, I see no reason why there shouldn’t be an ideas discussion:

  • DarkMirror – though designed solely for the MasterBox Lite cases thus far, it’s cool that any LED fans become visible only when they’re active, so there could be a DarkMirror top panel and front panel offered as optional upgrades.
  • No Reflective Handrails – handrails being brushed aluminium or a matte colour is one thing, but I don’t think they should be shiny given how easy it is to leave behind smudges.
  • MasterTrim – since Cooler Master released *.STL files for users to 3D print their own trims, the MasterCase 7 could do the same, coming with white/blue/red/black trims in the box.  They could potentially sell a “MasterTrim RGB” pack as well, offering a discreet lighting kit and an extra fan controller with two sets of diffused, clear trims.
  • MasterFan Pro RGB Fans – I know… I’m a sucker for RGB, but it is entirely up to users how they choose to light the case fans(!)  If MasterCase 7 were to use only MasterFan Pro RGB variants, the company could sell it in three tiers; based on quiet operation for business (Flow), a balanced cooling profile for all-purpose (Balance), or high performance for gaming and computer rendering (Pressure).
  • LCD Fan Controller Optional – I’m all for this when you use lots of fans, but this hands-on approach other times can also make a case expensive.  Therefore, I propose the LCD Fan Controller is an optional upgrade, so the I/O panel could have white LEDs, mini-dials and bar indicators to set fan speeds, and an RGB wheel to control fan aesthetics.  Users could then handle more advanced fan profiles through software.
  • Two PSU Shrouds – assuming the case supports Mini-ITX to E-ATX for motherboards, there might be just enough space for two systems to run.  In turn, two PSU Shrouds (one compact, one full-form) could be provided for each size of power supply.  I also think the company could provide the *.STL files for these parts; allowing people with a Glowforge or a CNC Mill the ability to produce their own.

Finally, it has bothered me Cooler Master intended there to be a place for 3rd-party accessories to customise cases, yet has made it virtually impossible for anyone to do so.  Aside from a few parts by PrimoChill and a couple of “professional” case builders, there is NO support for people to make and sell case parts through the website…

Now I don’t know what the company’s commission fee is, but if they provided infrastructure for artists to set up their own ranges through the Store, and were willing to discuss them as they do full case mods, I think a lot of people might be interested in making parts for their products.

Edited by Simon Spencer

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