Access is all important to the PC enthusiast and the TJ02 offers relatively quick entry. In the past I’ve built PCs that feature just one handle that unlocks a side panel, but here access is a little slower. Normally, two thumb screws secure the left panel but these don’t have to be used. Instead, you can rely on the sliding latches, one with an integrated key lock, to rapidly secure and/or release the panel.
Once inside, it’s immediately obvious that the TJ02 conforms to the ATX standard and the layout is pretty much typical of many mid-tower cases. There are four 5.25in and two 3.5in drive bays each with an opening to the outside world. Below those are a further four internal 3.5in drive bays that, like the two above them, are housed in a removable cage. To take out the lower cage only a couple of thumb screws need be removed, after which it’s just a case of sliding it out perpendicularly to the TJ02’s sides. As for the smaller cage, two of those hexagonal screws keep it secured along with a neat spring-assisted locking mechanism
Running along all the drive bays is a purple-coloured drive retainer that basically brings to the TJ02 that tool-less status I mentioned earlier. Over the years, I’ve seen all sorts of retainer designs. Some worked well, others didn’t. However, while these are somewhat sticky in action, the resulting grip on the drives felt solid and the actual mouldings seemed thick enough to resist breakage.
As for the rest of the innards, SilverStone has thankfully folded over those cut-inducing sharp metal edges, and made sure that the full compliment of pre-fitted cabling for those front ports is wired up. And because the case lacks an internal speaker, a little buzzer for those audible BIOS based alerts is also included, along with a set of screws and motherboard mounts. Fitting a motherboard was nothing special. There’s no removable panel which would make this task an external one, but then again many cases don’t offer that option.
Once everything you need is secured inside, the space does get a little tight but as long as the cabling is neatly routed the airflow should easily move across the relatively short depth of the case. However, if you’re thinking of using a passively cooled power supply, I’d definitely get a second fan.
So, basically I’ve just put together a PC during the course of this review and I have to say that with the SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ02 it all went pretty smoothly - and I emerged from it unscathed. The fitting instructions are relatively simple to follow and include a step-by-step pictorial guide. Believe me, it makes a refreshing change from those tiny, poorly translated, instruction sheets. As a completed system it seems to work fine, but at a price that’s not too far from the £100 barrier I expect a little more. Perhaps a full-aluminium body complete with extra fan and a fully tool-less design? Right! Now it's time for the software. Cue the eternal “install, update, tweak and reboot” cycle…
As an upgrade, there’s little at fault with the TJ02’s internal design, although an entirely tool-less approach and an extra fan would have gained more praise. The aluminium fascia is a head turner, the quickly removable lower drive cage is a thoughtful touch, and the window to the innards will appeal to some, but when I levy those against its price and factor in that questionable two-tone finish, I begin to feel it’s a little too expensive.