The front panel has soundproofed doors, confirmation enough for the company’s quest for silence. The doors are made of plastic, but quality piano black finish gives them a metal look. There is no option to flip the location of the door hinges.
The top door hides three 5.25’’bays, reset switch and 2x fan control. The bottom door hides two 12cm fans.
The 5.25’’ covers are easily removed by pulling the lateral tilting lever cautiously towards you.
Front fans are equipped with an easy to clean dust filter. You can access the fan and/or dustfilter by pushing the arrow on the fan panel.
The door blocks all air from the front but the Deep Silence 1 has air intakes on the sides.
The case has two Nanoxia DS1202512SELN 1300 RPM fans. Taking the fans and their filters out is a breeze.
The fan cover utilizes a “click” mechanism. It’s worth noting that although more convenient, these mechanisms are also more prone to wearing out with age and use. In our case, every single one worked flawlessly but owners will probably want to refrain from excessive force after hearing the click, just to be safe. Nanoxia gives a two year warranty with the Deep Silence 1.
Front door locks rely on magnets, which are a more reliable and durable solution. The following picture shows where the magnets are – the screws mark the spot.
We found a few screw holes in the front panel frame, hidden with foam caps. Some of the caps were quite loose, which is what actually caught our attention in the first place. In fact, had there not been for the caps, we’re sure most users wouldn’t even notice. This of course isn’t something that will affect operation, or even annoy you when it’s behind the door, but it doesn’t do the case much justice either.
To remove the front panel simply hold the cutout at the bottom of the front panel and pull it towards you with a firm tug. The panel isn’t as polished inside as it is outside. We found traces of glue around magnet holes, but this is the interior after all, so it can be tolerated.
The front panel does not have to be removed unless you want to stick a radiator behind the front fans.