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ZALMAN ZM-T2 Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • Microphone x 1, Headphones x 1, USB 2.0 x 2 Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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The ZALMAN ZM-T2 is coated in black from the inside to the outside, lending it simple but stylish look. It comes with full features than you may expect: up to 6 system fans support, easy HDD/SSD installation, bottom PSU installation with dust filter, convenient front interface, tube apertures for liquid cooling systems, anti-vibration & sound absorption rubber, supporting graphic cards up to 290mm, safe edge molding and spacious interior with 4 PCI extension slots. The ZALMAN ZM-T2 is dedicated to for compact and efficient configurations.

  • newegg Efficient cooling The ZALMAN ZM-T2 is aerodynamically designed with front right and left vents providing cool air into the system. It also comes with one 92mm rear fan and can mount one 120mm optional fan on front, two 92mm optional fans on the side panel, and two 120mm optional fans on the top panel.
  • newegg High compatibility Efficient layout allows the installation of Micro-ATX/Mini ITX main board and VGA/PSU/ODD, despite of its slim design. The interior has been designed to be spacious to support up to 290mm high end graphics card.
  • newegg Easy and safe installation HDD & SSD can be easily installed and safe edge molding ensures safer installing environment.
  • newegg Bottom Placed PSU with dust filter The bottom-placed PSU design offers power supply independent and optimized cooling; dust filters on the bottom side prevent dust from entering. Anti-slip rubber ant the bottom of the case and the PSU helps to eliminate vibration sound.
  • newegg Liquid Cooling System Support Tube apertures are provided at the rear of the case for convenient water cooling set-up and maintenance.
  • newegg Convenient front interface USB ports, audio socket, power and rest buttons set in the front for user convenience.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • James E.
  • 1/27/2015 9:46:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice little case for the price

Cons: I do not like the controls on the top of the case, (start button etc ) not user friendly, as you can't even see the case when sitting. Would not buy this case again, the same case with the controls on the front is ZM-T1 Zalman

Other Thoughts: I also have a Zalman ZM-T1 and it's a nice case, for the price

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  • Mark J.
  • 7/26/2014 8:32:35 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for my HTPC

Pros: Small, nice looking laying it on the side.

Cons: The CD/DVD "door" doesn't stay closed.

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  • Rebecca H.
  • 5/8/2014 7:01:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLooking Good

Pros: Great looking case. Extremely versatile. Good lighting colors/ Great connection locations. Perfect size.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed putting this thing together. My last two tower cases have always had the major buttons and connectors on the top, and honestly I will never go back. I built this for a customer, and he likes this as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/1/2014 7:57:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Case

Pros: Size and price, very inexpensive and compact without being too cramped inside. Installed a MSI mini ITX board in this with a corsair full modular PSU and it all fits well. Plenty of fan mounts also.

Cons: Hard drive placement is a bit odd, but after seeing many types of cases like this I don't think there is a great way to shove multiple full sized hard drives in something this tiny. My only real gripe was that there was not much room to use the SATA power cable that came with the corsair PSU. they give you all right angled connectors and with how these drives get mounted you have to bend the cable a bit much and I was not comfy doing that so I just used 4pin Molex to SATA adapters instead.

Other Thoughts: Overall good case, I am a Lian-Li guy ad this one was 100x better than the first Lian-Li mini-itx case I tired for this build.

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  • jacob c.
  • 1/7/2014 7:22:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but could have been a little better

Pros: The case looks rather nice, it is about the average computer height but not nearly as deep. The hard drive mounting is intuitive and space saving. The price was good. Most of the case is metal and feels like it will last for some time.

Cons: I wanted to just love this case but the difficulty of putting the computer together in this case made me wish I got a different brand.
1. The motherboard standoffs do not line up. (big deal to me) I was not able to use 3 of the screw options on my mATX board
2. The disk dray mounting is poor and rattles when I play a dvd or bluray.
3. no cable management, leaving a mess of cables in the middle restricting airflow.

Other Thoughts: If this case got a little more attention and refining it would be a wonderful case that I would recommend to anyone looking to build a small form factor computer.

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  • Richard S.
  • 9/26/2013 2:27:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Looks nice and sleek
-Bottom-mounted PSU position (most mini-towers I've seen are top-mounted)
-Bottom vent and dust filter for PSU
-Dust filter included for optional front fan

Cons: -Missing motherboard standoffs
-Motherboard standoff positions off center
-Removable internal panel difficult to reinstall

Other Thoughts: Disappointed in the quality of this case, specifically the off center positions for the motherboard standoffs. This made installing the motherboard much more difficult than it should have been. I'm not expecting too much from a $40 case and some of the features are quite nice for it but that is just basic quality control.

The removable panel at the front of the inside of the case (as seen in the 5th ,6th and 7th pictures of the product's images) has proved difficult to reinstall to its original position (and you need to take it off to screw in the motherboard). I think I just won't bother with it and leave it out of the final build.

I'm glad this is just for a cheap build using used/refurbished parts because I'll definitely invest in a better case for my next mini tower build.

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  • Sonja A.
  • 7/6/2013 10:11:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice looking case, good price. Everything in it is well built. good design for a microATX. HDD mounting position keeps it out of the way.

Bottom mounted PSU is a good design for this case. Blu-ray fit in, works as advertised. Part of the internal side panel is removable for easy build.. A nice finish for a HTPC that is out in the open. Buttons and lights work as expected.

Cons: The only real issue I had with this was mounting the HDD. Weird options to mount it. Have to use the straight end of the sata cable, the 90 degree bend won't fit.

Other Thoughts: Although the HDD mount was kind of weird, and I had to look at the manual to make sure that was where it went, it is actually a clever idea at the same time. Mounting it flat against the front or the removable internal side panel is a good idea, and it clears room inside the case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/21/2013 8:10:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBasic, functional, solid quality

Pros: Compact size for available feature set
Support for standard ATX PSU's
2.5" drive support
Solid build quality, no sharp edges
Adequate cable management options
Support for larger video cards

Cons: Changing the RAM with the motherboard installed in this case is a challenge.

Missing a single motherboard standoff.

I don't like the 2 plastic motherboard standoff clip things either.

I'm not super keen on the glossy plastic front bezel.

USB 3 support would have been awesome.

Would be awesome if side-panel vents were located over the position of the AMD cpu socket.

Positioning the 5.25" optical drive is achievable only by trial and error.

Other Thoughts: Some tips for making the most of this case:
Silverstone makes a 2.5" to 3.5" bay adapter (model# SDP08) with bottom mounting points, enabling you to have up to 5 SSDs or laptop drives in your build. That plus an optical drive would fill up your available SATA ports on many boards.

There are 2 ways to route the front panel connectors, you can either drop them down the front bezel if you're not using an optical drive. Or use them as they come if you are.

This case will support PSU's of any length, but you'll lose access to the only onboard 2.5" mounting points with a PSU longer than about 6" (maybe 6.5" with right angle SATA power & data connectors)

A fully modular power supply would make cable management super easy, as it's a challenge to seat the motherboard with the power supply mounted in the case.

I routed most of my cables under the motherboard, and secured them with electrical tape.

The Cooler Master GeminII S524 cpu cooler fits neatly in this case, and was pleasantly quiet.

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4 out of 5 eggsFantastic bargain

Pros: It's hard to find good micro ATX cases at any price, and finding one of this quality under $40 is amazing. Other than a few issues (see below), my build in this case went relatively smoothly, and it looks great.

The first thing that sets this case apart is its very compact design. It's incredibly narrow, and very shallow as well. Only its height is typical of mATX cases. It's able to get away with this using some smart hard drive placement. I was afraid it would be unstable due to being tall and narrow, but the bottom-mounted PSU keeps it firmly planted. It also looks great - the glossy front panel really sets it apart from other cases in this price range, including Zalman's own ZM-T1, which costs a few dollars less and otherwise has the exact same features.

Cons: Some nitpicks here, none fatal for a case in this price range, but Zalman should consider them in an update:

(1) the "mesh" filters are nothing other than metal panels with holes punched in them, and they're basically useless. They won't trap dust, but they certainly will cut down on air flow. Zalman's trading on the "filter fad" here, but in this price range, you're not going to get real mesh filters.

(2) the DVD drive bay door makes for a clean look, but it doesn't work well. The door doesn't close all the way, as the springs get caught on the edges of the drive cutout. Furthermore, the instructions do not indicate that you must position the drive by trial and error to make sure the outer actuation button actually makes contact with the drive's open/close button.

(3) The case was supposed to come with 7 motherboard mounting posts, but only had six. It did come with 2 plastic pins that provide support in the corners instead of the posts, but these are neither explained, nor are they that useful.

(4) the illustrations of the various screws in the manual look absolutely nothing like the screws provided. You'll need to figure out by trial and error which are the motherboard screws, which are the SSD screws, which are the HD screws, and which are the optical drive screws.

(4) The power supply mount had two problems: the lower edge was warped, meaning the power supply had to be forced into place and wouldn't sit flush against the back of the case, and the power supply can only be mounted fan-side down, as the mount isn't reversible. This isn't great if you're placing the case on carpeting, which could cut off airflow to the PSU.

(5) I know it's asking a lot, but Zalman probably could have included USB 3.0 ports, even at this price.

(6) Zalman advertises this case as supporting external water-cooling kits, but it would be silly to use this case for that type of setup. The only reason that the case even has holes for hoses is because there is unused space above the motherboard, necessitated by the placement of the optical drive bay. Luckily, there is one good use for that space - top-mounted fans (actually, only one can be used if you have an optical drive installed).

Other Thoughts: The case doesn't have a motherboard cutout for coolers, and it wouldn't make a difference, because the right side panel isn't even removable. This means that if you want to do cable management, you're going to have to lay down your cables before the motherboard goes in. Luckily, it does actually have about a quarter-inch of space behind the motherboard, so it's possible to do a very clean build if you plan it out ahead of time.

Also, the rear 92mm fan, necessitated by the narrowness of the case, is a bit buzzy, as is typical of small fans. Luckily, a 120mm fan can be mounted behind the front panel, and Zalman gives you two choices for positioning it - at the bottom, or 1/3 of the way up.

By the way, in case you're curious about the unique drive mounts - there is one vertical mount right against the front panel, which is very ingenious, but a drive mounted there will get no direct airflow. The other two mounts are on a removable panel that has attachment points for one 3.5" drive and one 2.5" drive, and can be completely removed if you only use the front panel mount. Zalman also provides a cutout in it so that large graphics cards can be installed without needing to remove the drive mount.

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  • Nathan R.
  • 4/7/2013 11:12:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSlim case

Pros: This case is super sleek. It has room for installing things pretty easily. It comes with enough space for a microATX motherboard.

The quality for price ratio is fantastic. It is painted inside and out and has safe rolled metal all around. It seems sturdy and comes with some extra screws and such. It comes with one 92mm fan that is a bit noisy, but I did not buy it for the fan anyways. It comes with the ability to attach and extra 5 fans so six total (3 120 mm, 3 92mm). My cpu is running at about 14-20 degrees Celsius with three 120mm fans added. I actually get chilly sitting next to the thing. It provides for a bit of cable management with a couple openings that let you run cables into the front plate. I would say that all in all this case is worth it and then some. The USB headers are on the top. And the power and reset buttons are nice quality. They do not feel cheap when pressing on them.

Cons: For all the things I love about this case, I did run into a few things I did not like.

1. expansion slots are pop out and not screw mounted.

2. The thumb scews are not made of metal all the way round. They come with a plastic head, which leads to damage when tightening with a screw driver.

3. need more motherboard headers(found out that they do come with 7 and two plastic snaps for support.

Other Thoughts: Wish they would just put some extra motherboard headers in there. And the thumb screws should be metal.

All in all. This case is pretty freaking awesome! I like it and my wife likes it. It is a good compromise when it comes to size for both me and her since it is a smaller case in general. I am surprised more people haven't bought this. It is a great case

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