Features and Layout
The basic layout of the Cooler Master 360 is a bit odd. The big change compared to most cases is that the power supply is mounted at the front of the case rather than the back. An extension cord inside the case connects the power supply at the front to the power socket which, as in most cases, is located at the rear of the case. This location frees up room in the motherboard tray allowing for the installation of full ATX motherboards, which is impressive for a case of this size. However, the front location of the power supply location means that most power supplies won't allow for installation of graphics cards larger than about 9 inches. The case also has only a single 3.5" internal hard drive bay. I find this to be extremely disappointing for HTPC builds as any HTPC which is not paired with a home server will need to have a lot of free hard drive space.
As with many of Cooler Master's low-end cases, the 360 is so full of holes it appears someone has taken a shotgun to it. There are two fan mounts, two large square areas of ventilation holes, and additional holes on both the front and the rear of the case. While this may seem like a good idea at first, as it will help cooling, the truth is that most PCs which will fit into this case will not need significant cooling. By going overkill on ventilation, Cooler Master is simply adding more places where sound can escape. Fortunately, both the top and side fan mounts offer support for 120mm fans. This makes it quieter than many other small cases, which often only provide 80mm fan mounts.
There isn't much to report in the way of features. The front of the case has two USB ports, audio jacks, and a firewire port. It has tool free drive bays, but most of today's cases do, and the mounting arrangement used by the Cooler Master 360 isn't particularly graceful. There is no removable motherboard tray and no cable management, but for the price this lack of features doesn't feel out of place.