NZXT Phantom 410 Conclusion
The NZXT Phantom 410 pays homage to its big brother in a smaller package sporting similar lines and angle theme. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and these styling features tend to divide people into a love it or hate it camps.
We liked several of the included upgrades such as top mounted USB 3.0 ports and the integrated fan controller. The tool free 5.25″ bay brackets are some of the best we have encountered and did not make us add a screw to actually hold the drive in place. Finally the cooling options were plentiful for a mid-tower design with several included quiet fans and the space to add a 240mm water cooling solution.
While NZXT made a fine case in the $100 price range there are a few things we think could be improved in the Phantom 410. First, we liked the look of the grommets to keep the inside clean but they are so soft they pop out with very little pressure and are very difficult to work with. Next we would have liked a better access port at the top back corner of the case to pass our ATX power line through without busting our knuckles.
A two year warranty and a list price of $99.99 shipped
from Newegg make this a very approachable case but we have reviewed several mid-tower cases recently, such the BitFenix Outlaw
or the BitFenxi Shinobi
, that are $20 – $50 lower in price. Some of the Fractal cases also provide USB 3.0, fan controllers, and multiple cooling options. We liked the Corsair 500R in white a little better than this case but it runs $30.00 more. This makes your purchasing decision based on a visual love of this case rather than feature set.
Legit Bottom Line: A great follow up to the NZXT Phantom full-tower for people looking to get the same look in a mid-tower form factor. However, the price point is slightly above competitors with similar feature sets and build quality.