NZXT Lexa Blackline Case Reviewnismozcar - October 16, 2007
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The front comes to an apex at the center; it protrudes outward creating a ridge that extends down the center of the case. On the backside, NZXT has designed a cage that allows you zip-tie all your cables to it for easy management. Also seen is the large 120mm fan that exhausts out the back and the seven expansion bays for your hardware peripherals.
The smooth curves not only appeal to the eye, but are intricately woven into the technical design. They extend past the top and bottom, acting as the feet and crown, creating the clearance needed to allow air to pass through the bottom. The window on the left side allows the user to view their hardware in action. The right side is plain and simple by design, purposely trying not to detract from the left.
A small, 80mm exuast fan breaks up an otherwise empty space. The fan is protected by a built-in grill preventing foriegn objects from finding their way into its jaws. A dust filter on the bottom helps keep dust from being sucked up through the intake hole located in the center. The filter is removable making cleaning easy and quick. Four rubber pads are located on the outer edges of each feet providing a nice solid base on which to stand.
A medium-size door opens from the left and encloses the external drive bays when inactive. It is held into place by two magnets along the outer edge on the top and bottom. The Lexa Blackline houses space for up to four 5.25" and two 3.5" bay devices, but the door leaves little clearance for using devices with protruding knobs. Six push-points hold the front panel onto the case. They run down the left and right of the front rim and can only be accessed with both covers removed. With the front panel off, the 120mm intake fan is no longer hidden. It is also protected from dust and foreign objects with a removable filter. Access to all buttons and ports on the front panel are easily accessible while the panel is removed.
The cage on the back of the case is designed to allow the user the ability to manage their cables by securing them to points along the cage. It's shape borders the edges of your case and components. This makes tying wires, cables and hoses an easy clutter-free task. It is also creates the same smooth curve seen in the front panel, thus serving as a great example of form and function. The left cover is removable and exposes the bottom side of the motherboard tray. Aside from the push-points in the front, removing the cover serves little purpose.