Closer Look: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Exterior
The Enthoo Pro features a similar design to the Primo, with just a few changes. The side panel has remained mostly the same from it’s previous incarnation in the Primo. It features a small tinted window that displays the internal Phanteks logo, along with a large tinted window for showing off the hardware inside the case. The windows look great, but they are extremely reflective, as you can see in the photo. The Pro is made of a mix of aluminum and plastic, but both materials feel quite sturdy, especially the plastic. The plastic parts feature a brushed look similar to the brushed aluminum on the Primo, and I had a hard time telling it was plastic without actually touching it. But when touching the exterior, I noticed that the surfaces and windows of the Enthoo Pro do unfortunately tend to attract dust as well as fingerprints. This can be easily cleaned with a cloth or some canned air, but this issue does detract somewhat from the overall excellent appearance of the case. The panels are removed by taking out the dual thumbscrews and lifting the panel out. I like how easy Phanteks has made it to remove the panels and access the interior of the case.
The front panel is no longer flat with a recessed vent like with Primo, and instead the vent is raised above the rest of the panel. Furthermore, instead of mostly covering the intake mesh like on the Primo, Phanteks has left it open for better airflow on the Pro. The intake does feature a removable dust filter which can be accessed by taking off the panel. I wish it was possible to remove the filter without removing the entire panel, but the panel was easy to remove and came off smoothly. What looks like the top 5.25 is actually the I/O port cover, but below that are three tool-less 5.25 inch drive bays. This entire panel is made of the previously mentioned brushed plastic, and is quite attractive to look at.
The top panel of the Enthoo Pro features another brushed plastic panel that has a large mesh with a dust filter. Up to three 120mm or 140mm fans can be installed in the top, and it offers excellent unobstructed airflow. One unfortunate issue with the top dust filter is that it can’t be removed from the panel. In order to clean the filter you have to take off the entire top panel and clean the filter while on the panel, which is relatively simple but still a bit more complicated than it needs to be. I also express some concern that the power button, which comes off with the top panel, may be a little flimsy and could be potentially damaged by taking off or replacing the panel.
The Primo featured a long base with ventilated mesh along the side, and removing the bottom filters was as simple as pulling them out from the side of the chassis. With the Pro, Phanteks has gone with three feet on each side, and each foot is equipped with a small rubber pad to help with vibration reduction. The bottom filters are easily removed by pulling them straight out from the front or back of the case respectively. I did have some small difficulty pulling out the frontal filter, but was unable to ascertain the reason. The bottom of the case can mount two 120mm fans or one 140mm fans, but depending on size of the fans or radiators you may have to remove the PSU cover and / or a hard drive bay to make room.