The most striking characteristics of the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P are undoubtedly the extended brushed aluminium feet and grips, that envelop the case from front to back and bend inward on the ends. Whether or not you like this is a matter of personal taste, fact is that Cooler Master looked at the traditional Cosmos-look for this. The left side of the case consists completely of a single tempered glass panel, that is curved at the front and back. The glass panel has a rather dark tint, in fact it is so dark that the inside of the case is barely visible if you do not illuminate it. The right side panel is identical to the left panel in terms of shape, but consists of steel instead of glass. Both side panels are attached to the case using invisible hinges, and are opened from the front like 'doors'. By pressing the panels they swing open, after which you can lift them from their hinges in order to remove them.
Coolet Master choose an anthracite-coloured finish for the right panel that (reasonably) goes with the tint of the glass panel on the other side. The C700P comes with a closed plastic front panel with a metallic grey finish. The front panel falls forward like some sort of door and gives access to a possible built-in optical drive or a front panel. This is easily removable without tools, after which the second front panel becomes visible with a mesh shielding, which has two 5.25 inch cut-outs at the top. These openings are not accessible when the outer front panel is closed, but because it can open you can still access it without difficulty.
At the top of the case we find five USB-connectors at the front; of which four USB 3.0 Type-A and a single USB 3.1 Type-C - which also has a USB 3.1 gen2 internal header, which makes it one of the first cases in our test lab with this connector. Moving on we find connectors for a microphone and headphone, power and reset buttons and buttons that allow you to control the built-in fan- and led-controllers. Behind this panel the top of the case has a removable dust filter, which covers the opening for optional case fans and / or radiators.
The Cosmos C700P also picks up on the RGB-craze. As stated before the case has an RGB-controller as well as RGB-lighting. The long sides of the case house four led strips behind milk glass that illuminate the aluminium fron the inside. We also find led lighting around the operating panel at the top of the case, again behind milk glass. Using that operating panel the lighting can be changed; you can choose between a single static colour, automatic rotation between different colours and for management through the motherboard. This is because the controller can be connected with motherboards that have an RGB-connector should you so desire, which allows you to synchronize the colours with other RGB-components in the case.