old, I know, but I just got me one of this for my computer...
probably the one I got is a revisited version or something (or the editor has weird hands) as I didn't have any problem to handle the side panel; 5 minutes to take out a panel?! was it soldered?
then, the front panel... what kind of strength did the editor use? mine was sturdy enough, easy to remove, easy to place back in... how can anyone break it? force it to open the way it is NOT designed to, I suppose
again, given that it's been a few YEARS since they wrote the review, mine could be a revision of the same piece