NZXT H2 Classic Reviewairman , malmsteenisgod - May 22, 2011
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To me, NZXT has always been one of those manufacturers that lurks in the background of the market and is seen with new products every now and then. It reminds me of an auto manufacturer like Maserati — everyone knows the name and the quality behind it, but you don't see one every day and you generally take a second look. NZXT has a rich legacy of having some of the most well-designed cases, inside and out. Each new product stays fresh and doesn't look like a repeat, which I enjoy a lot! I've only been able to review two or three other NZXT cases, but I've liked every one of them, so I'm hoping that this review will be no different.
NZXT's H2 Classic has been designed with silence in mind and integrates many of the innovative features generally found in NZXT cases, along with some that I have seldom seen in other cases. Folks that appreciate the value of silence in their computer equipment would most likely find this case very appealing by window shopping and I'm here to seal that deal with a comprehensive review of the NZXT H2 Classic. Seeing as how I liked my other NZXT cases so much, I'm ready to get this case out of the box and onto the testbed. With sound dampening, touch-connected fan housing, a concealed hard drive dock, and much more, I have a feeling that the NZXT H2 Classic will be a winner in many categories. In this review, I will provide a complete evaluation of the NZXT H2 Classic, including the product's unboxing, exterior and interior features, specifications, and lastly its performance. With that being said, let's move on.
As with all NZXT cases that I've had the pleasure of getting my hands on, the box itself is made from a plain, brown corrugated cardboard and all the graphics are printed with one color, black. Many manufacturers probably spend $10-$15, or even more, on the box itself, which most likely gets thrown away and never used again. I like that NZXT cuts cost on the packaging and directs a higher percentage of funds into engineering the case itself, which is what matters to 99% of us. The front of the box has two pictures, one of the black H2 and one of the white H2. This review features the white version, as noted on one of the sides. Both the left and the right side of the box contain the same information as each other, such as dimensions, cooling capacities, materials, clearances, etc. The back of the case, although plain, still features the same information that any other more wasteful containers may offer, such as features and benefits of the case. A big note at the top talks about noise and offers a very dramatic lament about how it should be avoided at all costs as it endangers gamers in their endeavors. The NZXT H2 Classic is a very low-noise case, and should be very quiet by a look at its features — mainly, the fully foam-lined interior.
Opening the top of the box will expose the front of the case, wrapped in a plastic bag and sandwiched between two pieces of Styrofoam. Once out of the box, you'll find the case itself and the included accessories located in a cardboard box zip-tied to the inside of the case. Included is a user's manual, a product guide, PC speaker, zip ties, many sets of different screws, standoffs, and a standoff socket that allows the installation and removal of standoffs with just a phillips head screwdriver.
With the NZXT H2 Classic out of the box, I'm kind of liking the look even though is has a very simple design. It is elegant in its own way and I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs and how quiet it actually is!