NZXT Bunker ReviewnVidia_Freak - January 18, 2011
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Testing the NZXT Bunker is very simple because its function is simple. NZXT claims this will prevent theft of any peripherals plugged into the Bunker while the door is locked, and so I must test it to be sure that this is indeed the case. Indeed, the cut-out on the bottom of the door is large enough to let the cable through, but nothing else. Tugging on the cable succeeds only in pulling the daughterboard forward and bending the door against the lock. There's no chance of a thief getting away with anything plugged in just by tugging at it. For its basic purpose, the Bunker works just fine.
On the other hand, imagine for a moment that the thief is at least slightly crafty and manages to find your second key. Be careful what you do with the keys, and, it may even be worth the exchange to keep both keys on your person to prevent anyone from finding the second. That does, however, mean that the chances of losing one meaning you lost both increases.
One major thing to worry about is the locking mechanism. This may be a problem only for the lock type that is on this sample, however, it is still very much worthy of consideration, and, that's because the nuts holding the lock in place are very easy to remove; all that was needed in this case was an 8mm socket and a ratchet. Below, the Bunker is shown with only the external nut removed along with the latch. The blue material that appeared to be epoxy over the threads provided next to no resistance, and, in fact, seems to be little more than melted plastic. It did little to prevent the nut from being removed and left no residue in the threads. Furthermore, the faceplate is removable with only the aid of a pair of hands. Both the lock and door are attached to the faceplate, rendering them useless when detached. Both of these might be considered fall-backs should both keys become lost, however, they do largely negate the Bunker's purpose.
As such, even with the Bunker door closed and locked, if your side panels aren't locked, the Bunker is not a particularly effective solution. With a ratchet it was absurdly easy to remove, and, I imagine that it could be done with a pair of pliers or an adjustable wrench. If peripheral theft is truly a concern to you, consider supplementing the Bunker's function by locking both side panels.