Unlike most of its brethren, Sugo SG-12 doesn’t come in a simple gray cardboard box, instead going with a full-color packaging. The front & back are essentially the same: a glamour shot with important features listed next to it. Meanwhile to the sides, on one end you have the same features detailed in 9 languages, and a lengthy introduction / specs on the other.
Alongside the case, you get your exceptionally extensive reading material, which writes the included accessories, as well as a thorough and really user-friendly Guide. Inside you get 2 small zip-lock bags containing: various cable management solutions (two types of solid ties – one of each, and 4 traditional wire ties), 4x PSU screws, one motherboard standoff, 12x MOBO screws, 12x 2.5” drive screws, and finally 24x 3.5” drive-screws.
The chassis itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and then placed in polyethylene foam (a step-up up from the classic styrofoam packaging).
The case looks relatively simple, though it’s not necessarily minimalistic. That’s partly due to the blue aluminum handle positioned right in the middle of the front bezel, splitting it in two: the top half where you have a 5.25inch-drive cage, and the bottom half where the Power & Reset buttons are placed (with appropriate LEDs between ‘em), as well as 2xUSB 3.0 and 3.5mm headphone / microphone ports.
Silverstone skimped no expense and used a lot of metal when building the SG-12. The front bezel is screwed on to the frame, and is built out of aluminum with only the 5.25” drive-bay door being plastic. It makes for a remarkably sturdy build, and one of the most resilient I’ve seen. I should point out that the ruggedness is kinda mandatory; the case is meant to be semi-portable, and you really don’t want the handle to come off while carrying it around.
Instead of using multiple panels, the SG-12 features one single steel shell that includes both the sides and the top. Most airflow is made available through the aforementioned sides / top, with large vents running from one end to the other (to the right you would also find an offset 120mm fan).
Meanwhile on the top, you have 2x small cut-outs designed for small after-market fans.
Turning to the rear, you have the PSU bay on the top and the motherboard cut-out on the bottom, with 4x expansion slots relegated to the left corner.
Lastly, there’s the bottom, which unlike most of the chassis isn’t painted, and has no ventilation options (which is obvious, considering the motherboard rests on it.)