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This review is from: Z-Line Designs ZL4001-01ECU Executive Chair with Deluxe Memory Foam
Pros: 1. Actual Support! This is going to be a love/hate feature. If you want actual lumbar support and an office chair that "assists" you in sitting straight then you'll love this chair. However if you want something that leans back at a feathers touch in which you can dual purpose a chair into a convenient place to nap then you'll definitely want to seek another chair.
2. Soft "Leather" The material is very soft and smooth. It's comfortable to sit in with shorts and a tank top as opposed to some office chairs that have a rougher leather material.
3. Good blood circulation for the legs. This may depend on the person, but my last chair would cause my legs to "fall asleep" due to low blood circulation. Thus far after sitting for many hours I have yet to have this happen. It may be due to the design and support material underneath but it's definitely appreciated.
4. Cross-Legged-Friendly. Sometimes I like to sit with my legs crossed rather than on the floor or up on my desk. Thankfully the seat is large enough and the arm-rests are curved to where this is possible and while still being comfortable.
5. Tension of the Tilt. Another Love/Hate opinion. This chair has more tension (even after adjusting it down) then many of the ones I've used in the past. I personally prefer this as it's much easier to "get back up" in instances when my lower back is angry at me for something I did to it earlier in the day. Again this is more personal preference then anything but worth mentioning.
6. Removable arm-rest cushions. FINALLY! The cushions can be taken off by removing 3x hex-bolts on the underside of the arm-rests. If you go through these in a year or two you can go ahead and order a replacement set from the manufacturer and have a spare ready to go. This is usually the first point of failure for me since I lean on one elbow resting on the left arm-rest quite often. This is a Huge plus for me.
7. Easy to assemble, sort of... The assembly in theory is quite simple and straight forward. It comes with the necessary hex-key/Allen Wrench to assemble it.
8. Small wheel base. If space on the floor is a concern the width of the base is the same as the width of the chair arm to arm. It's made of a hard plastic. I normally prefer metal bases but this feels well made and the chair states it supports 300lbs so I'm sure it's up for the task.
Cons: The reason for the 4x instead of 5x Eggs is because of the "sort of" part of assembly. When rating a product I like to keep in mind that people of all ages and expertise are shopping for products. Everything was easy and smooth sailing until I got to the arm-rests. Unfortunately, it could have been a random defect, but the bolt mounting locations on the back section of the chair were bowed outwards a bit. This made it almost impossible to complete assembly. The bolts have to go in 100% straight or they will strip if you force it in. I had to put excessive force into making the pieces adjust far enough to screw them down. I already know it's partially stripped on mine inside but I will buy better quality bolts to replace these soft-steel ones that are included in all of these sub $200 chairs. I've assembled well over 100+ office chairs while helping set-up a few offices and meeting rooms so I know my way around putting these together. The instructions are sure to point out one of the main causes of improper assembly and one that can cause this same issue even if my bolt holes were straight which is fully tightening the screws before you're supposed to. You have to leave the screws about halfway out to properly assemble these chairs. It's very important and can be easily overlooked, but trust the manual and me on this, do not fully tighten the bolts until you're instructed to.
Other Thoughts: The wheels have a small diameter. If you plan on using this chair on a thick carpet without a chair mat it could be problematic. It's fine with average height and high-traffic carpets, but shag and similar cuts my get pulled out if it gets caught in the wheels when moving.
I'm 6' tall and the "back" of the chair goes up to my neck at the base of my skull. It's still comfortable to lean back in but if you want to "lay back" to watch a movie or something your head won't be held up facing forward but instead will be cradled back giving you a good look at the dust you haven't cleaned where the wall meets the ceiling all year...
Bottom-Line, extremely supportive and comfortable for those who want the support. However if you want a "lounger" this is definitely NOT it. This chair is for working at your desk or gaming on the PC and not for laid back movie watching.
Good luck in finding the perfect chair for you, hopefully this will provide a small amount of helpful information.
Pros: Still one of the best power supplies on the market after it's original release around 3yrs ago. The cables are well made and plentiful for almost any configurations. The SATA/Molex cables are flat which makes them easy to zip-tie flush with the rear motherboard tray and drive cages. Voltages are incredibly stable under any load with very low ripple. The "AX860" logo on the side is printed to be shown up-right regardless of whether the PSU is mounted with the fan on the top or the bottom which is nice attention to detail. Corsair offers individually braided cables that can be purchased optionally to replace the standard black/sleeved cables that come with the unit which is a nice+. The PSU comes with a 7yr warranty which is fantastic and is nice peace of mind. Cables are of good length and can easily accommodate a 760T -one of the more popular cases chosen by my customers/clients. Which I might add can accommodate 1xODD+1xSSD+1xHDD all with a single SATA power cable thanks to the spacing provided in the case and the positioning of the connectors on the cable. Can't remember if I've used this PSU on the bottom of an Anctec Nineteen Hundred or not... so I'm not 100% sure but I believe the cables are more than long enough to accommodate that obelisk of a tower without the need for extension cables)
Cons: None thus far with any of them.
Other Thoughts: System builds and repairs are what I do and when the customer/client asks for recommendations on what PSU to use it is an easy choice to make. (as long as it fits their budget and power requirements) Of the builds I've done with this PSU I haven't had but a single person contact me regarding issues with their unit and it was a non-issue as the fan indeed worked but was set on "Hybrid", they were concerned that it wasn't moving any air most of the time and were unaware dual fan-mode feature. I'm currently using an older OCZ ZT750W as I got an irresistible price on it years ago. However, I'm going to purchase one of these for myself as my current PSU is now causing my over clock to become unstable under load after 2yrs. (I just hope it hasn't damaged my CPU as the voltages fluctuate too-much and it produces a bit more ripple/noise than I'm comfortable with)
Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you that this is the only top-tier PSU you can buy... that would be preposterous and a lie. However, if you're in the market and want the best of the best in terms of quality and reliability then I can strongly recommend this PSU. Their are incredibly detailed reviews out there if you need information to help you make a decision on which power supply to purchase, I can't provide links in this review but I can advise that you do a Google search for jonnyguru/kitguru which provide invaluable information on a plethora of PSUs.
On a side note, I noticed alot of negative rating here on this power supply which confuses me as I've used so many of them in multiple builds. All I can really say on that note is if by some chance you happen to get a defective unit whether it's DOA or fails after a short period of time, both Newegg and Corsair are incredibly awesome when processing RMAs. I've had to do them in the past with both companies over the years and it's been a pleasant experience on all occasions. I think at least a good percentage of the time when someone has a negative experience in regards to anything related to customer service, the individual was negative to begin with. I see people that are furious when denied for something that is far outside a covered warranty. Obviously that is a small fraction of people, but know (I've worked in customer service/advocacy at a few jobs over the years) you always have a much higher percentage of people that make their voices heard when they have a negative experience or don't get what they feel they should have then those who are content or very pleased.
...but back to base, it's all-in-all one heck of a power supply and definitely one that should be given close consideration if you're in the market and can fit it in your budget. I hope the small amount of information given can provide even the slightest in assistance to help make a decision one way or the other. Happy Building/Gaming/Editing/Mining/BingeWatchingGameOfThrones guys and gals!
Pros: Shhh.... Do you hear that? Exactly...
So I'll go ahead and hurry up past the subjective part of this review. It's down right Sexy, *Warning, Your Girlfriend/Wife/Partner/etc. Will Get Jealous and you may develop lower back problems due to the large amount of time you will be spending on the couch *
Coming from an original Phantom, and before that a old Thermaltake, it's night and day in terms of how quiet the H440 is in comparison. I was extremely impressed that even though I have a reference design GTX 780 (Blower Fan), and it's right next to a an even bigger window, even my GPU wasn't as loud as it was in my phantom...to me that is actually really impressive.
I'm not 100% sure, but it seems that even the few parts of this case that are plastic (Foundation of the front and top panels) are made of a sound dampening plastic material. I'ts a little hard for me to explain, but it feels very solid, while at the same time it has a texture like that of felt or suede. What ever material they are using, it definitely makes a difference.
I also have a H100i in the top which some cases are not very forgiving when using in conjunction with Dominator Platinums, but luckily there is plenty of room. It looks like there is just enough room to fit an H105, but nothing thicker than that at the top. The front on the other hand has a ridiculous amount of room since there aren't any 5.25 bays.
The sound-dampening material appears to be comprised of about 1/4in (6.35mm) of neoprene foam. It's located in the top and front panels, full back panel, and the solid portion of the side panel. It also seems to be of good quality as well, it definitely performs.
The overall construction is very well made, MUCH better (apologies for sounding like a broken record) than the Original Phantom. My old case didn't seal all the way and left gaps at the side/top/front panels, the metal was a bit flimsy and the plastic felt very cheap, even though it was also really tough. The H440 however is designed and manufactured with a much higher standard and scrutiny.
The LED's in the back work well and are a big help, the lit "NZXT" logo on the side is back-lit from the LED's that shine light indirectly through the logo so it's not a bright beam of light, but a rather a 'nice' subtle glow.
The USB and 3.5mm connections on the top are solid and tight, with no wiggle nor locking and the
The H440 has only been out for 2 days, but I feel that this case is a solid winner and should definitely be a consideration regardless of whether you plan to water-cool or air-cool.
Cons: Besides having tons of things I love about this case, there are a few things I think that have fallen short.
The ventilation is a bit restrictive, both in the front and top of the case. This could have been helped by making both panels slightly thicker and allowing the vents to go all-the-way around each panel. Do to the slight restriction on airflow, some of that warmer exhaust will be circulated back into the case if you use something like an AIO liquid cooling solution in which one of the three fan slots is open and if using a 120/240mm Rad/Fan the other 20mm of extra width going along the length of the case that allows the installation of 140/280mm rad/fans up top will be easy places for the air to travel back into the case.
HOWEVER!, you can help out a little with No 'Custom' Modding. The mesh covering the vents are held on by 'Phillips' screws and can be removed from both panels without any hassle, and put back on just as easily if desired.
The backside of the motherboard tray only has about 1/2in (12.7mm) of usable space after considering the 1/4in (6.35mm) sound dampening foam. This isn't too big of a deal since you have almost the entire bottom of the case/shroud to hide cables, but cables like the 20+4 Motherboard connectors can get pretty thick, especially when needing to cross other cables.
No Fan Control. This isn't really a con Per se, but for those that have to have one, it only has a Hub.
Other Thoughts: I completely understand why they went without the 5.25 bays, they're slowing becoming obsolete as we move ever faster towards flash storage. However, it would have been amazing to see a small space set for a 'Slot-Load' ODD. I plan on modding one in, but it would have been epic if it had been implemented into the case stock.
Again, the Ventilation Mesh can be removed with a Phillips screw driver.