The Sugo SG02 is sent in a nearly cube box which mirrors the dimensions of the case itself. It’s a small elongated rectangle shape that allows SilverStone to pack in as many mounting bays as possible in the limited space.
The front of the case has two slots for 5.25” drives which is a nice sight in such a small case. Below this, there is a small door which spans the width of the case with an inch high mirrored panel. This door flips down smoothly to reveal the front I/O ports, which include the usual two USB, FireWire and mic in, audio out. Next to these are the power and HDD LED’s which have a tiny reset switch to the right. As the reflective strip is actually a one-way mirror, these LED’s can shine through as there are two holes cut in the opaque backing plastic.
The front of the case is made out of either white or black glossy plastic which seems to be a striking resemblance to an iPod in its colours, which is further backed up by the mirror strip. While this looks great, if you buy the white version, you’ll have trouble finding 5.25” drives that are also coloured white.
Finding the power switch is a little more difficult, and it’s mounted out of the way on the top right corner of the facia just above the SilverStone logo. It’s nice and big and is easy to press, but not easy to see which keeps the front of the case looking clean.
The rest of the case is made of 1.5mm aluminium which isn’t flat but bumpy to the touch. This is a bit of a contrast to the smooth front but seems to work. The paint job isn’t bad and is either white or black depending on your preferred colour. The sides of the case have large vents in the side which allow air to freely enter the case, while on the top there are two vents which can have a couple of 80mm fan mounts behind them. On the left hand side near the front, there is an included 80mm fan which sucks air in and blows air over the two hard disc slots.
The rear of the case has more vents with one above the motherboard blanking plate, and another over the PCI slots, which is next to the large PSU hole. The vent above the motherboard blanking plate has four mounting holes which allows the SilverStones crossflow FX121 fan to be added. This would suck the hot CPU air and blow it out the rear of the case. The need for this fan doesn’t seem particularly great, considering as most people will have a large power supply featuring a 120mm fan directly above the CPU area.
If you want to venture inside the case, you’ll have to grab the screwdriver and remove the four screws from the back and then slide the U shaped case cover off which is reminiscent of old horizontal enclosures.
The layout inside is fairly odd, with a large case strengthening bar splitting the case in half. This bar prevents the case from being outward when picked up, and while removable it’s not advised. Connected to this is an angled fan bracket which has the mounting holes for the two additional 80mm fans. The rear mounting hole is angled downwards allowing you to focus a fan directly onto your graphics card; the other fan hole would further enhance GPU cooling.
It should be noted that there are no dust filters to be seen on the case, and if you had all of fan spaces filled then your computer would soon be covered with dead skin and other such crap.
The HDD cage has the included grilled fan installed on it, and can be removed by twisting the thumbscrew above it. This allows you to install your hard discs outside of the cramped case conditions which is always a bonus in a SFF enclosure. Above the HDD cage, there are the mounting spaces for the twin 5.25” bays. Neither the HDD or the optical drive spaces have any tool-less design or vibration prevention methods installed which makes installation more hands-on and additional noise likely.
The motherboard area has the spacers already installed for your mATX motherboard which makes life a little easier, but your screw locations could be different which may cause problems. However, with the three separate motherboards we tried this wasn’t an issue.
You don’t have much space to operate with your motherboard, and you’ll definitely have to install it before your power supply, as it sits directly above it.
Looking at the bottom of the case, you’ll see the four silver feet which keep the SG02 gripped to whatever surface you choose to place it on.