Introduction, Design Features
Building a PC from blemish competence seem intimidating to anyone who has never pieced together a complement before. Truth be told, it’s not that difficult—or during slightest it shouldn’t be. While it can be frustrating operative inside a feeble designed case, a solemnly assembled enclosing offers a accurate conflicting experience. One of a things that separates a good enclosing from a container is a form of cable-management intrigue it offers, an critical caring both for a advantages of airflow and to uncover off a courage of your PC. And that happens to be a clever indicate of NZXT’s new H700i chassis.
The H700i is one of 3 new cases that lift a flame of NZXT’s expanding H-series. It’s a largest of a three, a mid-tower ancillary customary ATX motherboards and components. The other dual are smaller versions for MicroATX (H400i) and Mini-ITX (H200i) builds, with differently identical underline sets.
While technically a mid-tower, a H700i is incomparable than most, measuring 516mm (H) x 230mm (W) x 494mm (D). You can mislay a feet so that it’s somewhat shorter, yet usually by 22mm. We suggest withdrawal them on to keep a box lifted off a ground. This allows cold atmosphere to disseminate from underneath a box and adult by a opening where a energy supply is nestled.
The H700i is also complicated for a mid-tower. It checks in during usually over 27 pounds, and that’s before stuffing it chock full of parts. That heft comes from a scarcely all-steel support and a large, tempered-glass side window that is heavier than acrylic. It’s not a kind of box you’ll wish to projection around to LAN parties, nor was it designed to be.
At initial look, it would be easy to mistake a H700i for NZXT’s S340 Elite, another appealing enclosing with altogether identical styling. However, a H700i has a bit some-more character, both in form and function. It also costs twice as much, with a $200 MSRP. That’s a large upcharge, and it’s directly associated to a case’s integrated “Smart Device” controller.
The controller provides a same capabilities as NZXT’s GRID+ and HUE+ products, mixing a fan and LED controller into a singular module. Purchased separately, a GRID+ ($60) and HUE+ ($30) would set we behind $90. That’s in line with a cost disproportion between a H700i and S340 Elite, yet a H700i would be usually glorious yet it, and a improved value to boot. (We’ll plead that in some-more fact serve into this review.)
Overall, a H700i is a estimable serve to NZXT’s product line, and one that serve cements a company’s position as a reward box designer. Looking back, it’s tough to trust that NZXT is a same box builder that expelled a Nemesis Elite, a garish-looking enclosing that, to be fair, reflected a gamer marketplace when it came out over a decade ago. As with NZXT’s some-more new cases, a H700i appeals to some-more mature tastes, yet is yet anything yet boring.
Buyers meddlesome in a H700i can select from a few opposite tone options, including matte black, matte white, black with blue trim, and black with red trim. NZXT sent us a black and red variant, and it looks beautiful in person.
What stands out about a trim is that it doesn’t have a cheap-plastic look, as other cases infrequently do. And whoever embellished a parts, either it was NZXT or a third-party, did an glorious job. There was no manifest effervescent or brush strokes on a examination sample. A word of caution, though—handle a box with care, as a paint will chip if we scratch it. We managed to do accurately that, yet it was on a right side of a box in a territory that a side row hides from view.
You’ll also wish to take counsel when stealing a tempered-glass panel. It is hold in place with 4 ride screws. The screws turn off easily; usually make certain you’re holding a potion organisation when untwisting a final one, so a window doesn’t come crashing down on a corner. It also wouldn’t harm to have a lint-free cloth accessible to purify divided any fingerprints before we slap it behind on.
We are starting to see a flourishing series of cases adopting mixed potion panels, as many as 4 in some instances. The H700i is not one of them. Each of a other sides is done of metal. The easiest one to mislay is a right-side panel. It pops right off with a press of a button, and snaps behind into place usually as easily…
NZXT deserves a fist strike for this, as even currently it can infrequently be a con backing adult a side row and removing it to tighten on certain cases.
While not a modular box like a Be Quiet Dark Base 900 Pro, a H700i has removable front and tip panels, yet they need a bit some-more con to mislay than a side panels. This is an area we’d like to see NZXT residence in a subsequent iteration. The usually approach to mislay a tip and side panels is to wrench them off with force. It feels unsettling, generally when we notice they’re hold in place with cosmetic clips. To NZXT’s credit, a clips survived mixed arm-wrestling matches as we flexed a muscles and private a panels several times. But given how easy a right-side row comes off, we were anticipating for a same turn of oppulance here.
At a really least, you’ll wish to mislay a front row during several intervals for slight maintenance. There is a dirt filter that sits in front of a dual front intake fans. It’s a good thought to purify them out each so often, generally if we live in a dry sourroundings or have pets. Unfortunately, a usually approach to entrance a dirt filter is to examine off a front row and urge that a cosmetic clips stay intact.
You can supplement some-more fans to a tip of a case, yet it’s not ventilated. We used it to implement a span of NZXT’s 140mm AER RGB fans, one of that is shown here below. The categorical reason for a tip section, however, is to residence a glass cooling radiator.
The H700i offers a good preference of USB connectivity on a front I/O panel, including dual USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (same speed as USB 3.0) and dual USB 2.0 ports…
Having easy entrance to that many USB ports is a bonus for VR gaming, as we won’t have to strech around a behind of a box to block your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive into your PC. There is also a 3.5mm audio/micro combo jack and a energy symbol on a tip front of a case.