Cooler Master has announced the launch of the MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2, a revision and more refined take on the original that garnered praise for its mainstream appeal, fantastic air flow, and budget-friendly price tag back in 2020.
For many years, the Taiwanese manufacturer has remained a popular choice when it comes to custom PC builds, and for good reason. Its chassis and peripherals have remained reliable, relatively inexpensive and decent in terms of build quality.
The £99.99 MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 is hoping to be no exception to the rule, and this time around offers quality-of-life improvements while costing only a fiver more than the original V1 launched nearly two years ago. Not bad considering the economic climate.
Design remains largely the same, though two years on and the case is still quite a looker. Available in black or white colourways, its an ATX-sized mid-tower with a 3D polygonal-shaped mesh front panel, a tempered glass side panel, and support for up to seven 120mm fans including the rear exhaust. Just the way I like it – form without compromising function – and I think it’s safe to say cooling performance will not be a problem here.
What’s more, to get you started, Cooler Master includes three of its CF120 ARGB fans already pre-installed up front, as well as a preinstalled ARGB/Fan hub, providing up to four additional fan headers. Both welcome additions for first-time builders.
Dimensions measure 499mm x 210mm x 500mm with a total volume of 50L. That space provides a maximum height clearance of 165mm for a CPU cooler, a maximum length of 410mm for graphic cards, and up to 200mm of clearance for your PSU of choice.
The interior has seen some subtle changes for easy installation. Besides the removable top panel, the bottom basement has a repositionable power supply cover, should you not want to show off your power supply. The tempered glass side panel is also of a tool-less design allowing for quick access, and the innards have been readjusted to provide more space to mount chunky radiators.
Finally, front panel I/O has been updated with USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity and also includes two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports alongside a customary 3.5mm audio jack. We’d expect nothing less.
Alongside the chassis refresh, Cooler Master has also added a new arm mount known as Gem. Akin to NZXT’s puck, its a mountable device that provides a neat resting place for headsets, controllers or any other peripherals you can think of to keep your desk space free of clutter. Available as an optional extra, it can be had for an additional £24.99, while the case is priced at £99.99. If you’re interested, be sure to check them out here.