Joined on 06/28/06
Excellent Case with Few Caveats
Pros: The hot-swappable HDD bay on the top is a game-changer. I would have bought this case JUST for that feature, as it makes work much easier (IT Consultant). As for the case design--excellent. I wish they made a full-size ATX case with the same features, as it can get a bit cramped with big PSU/GPUs etc. This is the first case where a truly silent PSU can be attainable. I've used a silent CPU cooler, fanless PSU and with silent fans and a GTX Titan, very, very quiet. The way the fans remove for easy cleaning is also fantastic. This case is good enough that I'll likely add a video review shortly.
Cons: Rubber gaskets aren't glued or firmly attached, which makes it difficult to fish PSU wires. No full-size version of this exact case. Fans are quiet--but others are quieter (and cost more, of course!). Would be nice to have a foam-lined option for the bottom instead of mesh for more damping. Finally, the way 2.5" HDD/SSDs attach to the removable trays (which are a good feature, by the way) could be improved. With a little ingenuity, the bays could fit two SSDs each.
Overall Review: All in all--this case is many steps ahead of even the best cases from all manufacturers. I've worked in IT for over a decade, and have built well in excess of 500 custom PCs, and this case has more ingenuity built into it than any case I've yet seen. I have never seen a case that packs so much value. I have worked with the Coolermaster Stacker and Cosmos series, the Antec 1200/900 series, the top level Silverstone cases, and many, many others. The NZXT needs to continue to improve this case and make it a flagship, and include a full-size ATX option. I--for one--would buy it. I am beyond impressed with this case. I have worked with the other NZXT products in the line and none blew me away--except for this one. Even with the room I see for improvement, this is an excellent case and well worth the five-egg rating I've given it. For those who complain about the manual--they need to either gain some common sense or patience. Either suffice with this case. If you purchase a case for the manual, perhaps you should simply hire someone with more experience to build it for you, or buy from a custom builder.