As with most high-end products, I like it when the packaging is also rather "high end," without being downright wasteful. The CM Storm does well in this regard, with a very nice-looking box with a velcro flap which opens to reveal a breakdown of the features and a look at the SF-19 itself. It looks great and has tons of information, one of those boxes you won't want to throw away. Everything is neat and well-packed, and is kept very safe from the careless shipper in your neighborhood.
Here is our first look at the SF-19. When I look at it, the first thing that jumps to mind is The SR-71 Blackbird. The black color scheme, the jagged, aggressive edges, and the sharp contours all bring that to mind. The tops, bottom, and upper edges all have large, anti-slip rubber pads. The pads are raised a bit to hold your notebook up from the fans a bit, which helps promote airflow, as well as provide a lot of traction to hold your notebook in place, and it does amazingly in this respect. I have to literally push quite hard to get my notebook to slide on these pads.
The right side of the cooler (left) has the four USB ports, the USB 3.0 port, and the power port. The only thin I could think to change about the SF-19 is that the power cord were a bit longer, but aimed at LAN users or those with desktop replacements, being too far from a power outlet likely won't be a problem. The left side of the cooler has the variable fan speed switch via a dial, and the LED light switches, which toggle on/off, the color, or continually changing colors.
The CM Storm logo is neatly embossed in the top rubber anti-slip pad, a tasteful way to show it off without being to gaudy or overbearing.
On the bottom, you can see the built-in carry handle which makes carrying the SF-19 with one hand very easy. As you can also see, there are two tabs holding the bottom vent in place, which allows you to open them up to see the fans. This is an awesome feature if a fan were to go down, or of you had a different fan preference, they can be easily changed. This is also a dream feature as far as cleaning is concerned. One thing I noticed is that there are two fan power ports on each side, which to me insinuates that you could probably figure out a way to fit four 80mm fans in there, although I'm not sure it would work.
As you can see, the lighting effects are subtle, but create and awesome aura. It reminds me very much (and I'm sure this wasn't an accident) of the lighting that Alienware gaming desktops often have. The edgy contours also seem to fit very well with Alienware notebooks as well. It diffuses nicely onto the desk surface, and it creates a subtle glow on the inside of the mesh and the fans, which looks awesome. The colors may also continually brighten, then slowly dim, which is a nice effect, in addition to color cycling.