A closer look
Thermaltake positions most of the important ports and buttons along the right edge of the system, saving a few ports for the top panel.
The edge plays host to the power and reset buttons, the hard-drive activity LED, four USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of audio jacks for headphone output and microphone input. At the top lie the lone eSATA port, a couple of USB 3.0 ports, two buttons that control the fan speed, and a final button for the fan LEDs.
Depressing the LED button cycles the fan lighting through different colors and, if you're patient enough to click the right number of times, disables the LEDs altogether. If your PC resides in a dorm room or a studio apartment, you'll no doubt appreciate that last option.
We mentioned serviceable fan filters earlier. Here they are. The original Level 10 had filters, too, but they were little more than sheets of material positioned atop cooling vents. The GT's filters have plastic frames and can be slid out of their slots with confidence.
Here, we see one of the enclosure's most unique attributes: a removable headphone hanger. If you flip back a page or two, you'll see that the mounting point for this hanger is rather inconspicuous and covered by a rubber strip. Take off that rubber strip and pop the hanger in, and you can rest your totally sweet gaming cans on the side of the Level 10 GT to impress all your buddies. Or so I imagine.
Don't want those headphones stolen by some jealous knave? Good news. Thermaltake has implemented a cable-locking scheme similar in concept to the one we saw on BitFenix's Survivor enclosure. The execution is a little simpler here, though. As you can see above, a small bracket sticks out of the back of the case. The bracket is secured by a thumbscrew on the inside of the rear panel, a location that is safely protected by the side-panel lock when the case is buttoned up.
Any cable threaded through the bracket should be able to slide around with some freedom. However, the opening is too small to allow full-sized connectors—including the 3.5-mm jacks found on most headphones and speakers—to pass through. This simple design makes it easy to effectively anchor any peripherals connected to your system. The Level 10 GT is a little big to haul over to a LAN party, but if you do, you need not fear returning from the restroom to an empty mousepad or a missing set of headphones.
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