NXZT Panzerbox Aluminum Mid Tower PC Case ReviewFri, May 15, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Once unpacked you can see it is not a flashy case; it is pretty much plain and simple. The top and lower front are all mesh which is good for airflow, but can let you hear the fans a bit more. There are also 3 drive bays. For a mid tower intended to be taken to LAN’s, that’s all you really need anyway. You can see the 190mm fan and the interior. You may not see too much beyond that once everything is installed though. Then you have the NZXT logo on the right. On the upper left the POWER and RESET buttons make their appearance. Though they are rather small and a bit flimsy in my opinion, they do the job.
Here on the top is the same mesh found on the lower front of the case. From the view on top you will see the other 190mm fan. It is just as plain as the front, but we do have the front panel with the 2 USB, mic, headphone, and e-SATA ports.
On the side we have nothing but aluminum, a vent that the power supply also uses for its airflow, and many fingerprints. In fact, both side panels are identical. Very plain and simple. I find it nice since it conceals the killer hardware you might have in there. This way nobody becomes antsy and gets the urge to steal your rig when you’re out and about with it. They also cover the whole side fully. No way to tell where they start or end when mounting to the case. No protruding edges and it lines up perfectly with the front.
Moving to the back I see a nice amount of thumbscrews which hold the side panels and Motherboard tray. I like the Black color going on here on this case, though it does make it challenging to see all the details in the image above. It looks like it might be the same inside too. You have water tubing outlets as well. Even the fan grill is black which adds a nice touch. By now, you’re probably turning your head sideways as I was for a few minutes into looking at the case. Yep, they mounted the PSU to the side. I scratched my head on this one as I thought that was just going to block the video cards and force you to remove the PSU to get at them. But I figure there is a reason to it, so I will be patient and find out.
On the bottom is as expected. There is next to nothing except the rubber feet and more fingerprints. That will be happening often with this case; nothing a damp cloth can’t fix.