SilverStone Sugo SG07 Mini-ITX PC Case ReviewWed, Nov 17, 2010 - 12:00 AM
SilverStone Sugo SG07 External Impressions
The Sugo SG07 is all black save for the silver brushed aluminum plate on the front. This is currently the only color scheme offered by SilverStone. The black portions of the front are plastic while the remainder is an SECC body.
The front is rather Spartan featuring only the power switch/LED, USB ports, audio ports and the familiar SilverStone logo. A plastic bezel cover hides the slim optical drive bay.
The fact that the USB ports are separated by the audio ports is actually nice. How many times have you tried to plug in a USB device – especially a thumb drive – and have it physically interfere with another device plugged into the other port? Plenty. No such problem here.
The LED glows blue when in operation and the power switch is nice and large for easy access for those with fat digits. No reset switch here but you’ll find it around on the back.
The back offers two expansion slots sitting below the power socket. Adjacent to the power socket is the reset switch which is normally found on the front but it is easily reached and identifiable by feel so there isn’t much issue with that. Way over to the left is the switch for the top (and only) fan.
The exterior case shell is held in place by three Phillips screws. Thumbscrews are always nice, but seeing as this will be generally used as an HTPC case, how often are you going to open up the case?
There are two options for the fan speed – low and high. On low, the fan noise is barely discernible- especially with ambient room noise. Running it on high is a different story. It’s plenty loud, although not crazy loud where it couldn’t be tolerated, but the low setting outputs enough air that it should be sufficient for most users.
The reset button is ringed by a polished bezel and sticks out far enough to be easily found if groping blindly around the back of the case.
The bottom features a mesh grill for the PSU airflow as well as a mesh area on the side where the GPU card sits to help provide enough ventilation. The PSU vent also has a filter for keeping dust at a minimum.
On the corners near the back lie rubber feet and towards the front are rubber strips that both serve to mitigate scratches should the case sit on a table or hardwood.
The left side panel is feature-less except for the myriad of aligned holes in a rectangular pattern for case ventilation.
The right (CPU) side has two smaller patches of holes for ventilation and it is on this side where the window would be had we received that version. On the windowed version of the case, both sides have a window providing additional visibility to the components within.