NZXT Zero 2 ReviewRHKCommander959 - December 29, 2008
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Gamers and computer enthusiasts are always looking for a way to keep their gear looking cool, while keeping it looking cool. Usually quality and strength are very important too, as well as size. It all comes down to personal preference and price range.
NZXT, a rather new company, was founded in 2004 and is based in California. The company's main consumer targets are gamers, and its main product is computer cases. The company also produces power supplies and mice. NZXT's newest case is the Zero 2, a sequel to one of its top models, the Zero. The Zero 2 bears some resemblance to the older model, with the quad 120mm fan holes on the side, X shape in the front, dual 120mm in back, single 120mm in front, two 80mms, and the full tower chassis design. The new Zero 2 does not come with quad fans installed however, and is steel rather than aluminum. Testing will tell if the new is better than the old.
When the box came, I was surprised by how glossy the surface was. It rattled a bunch so I was praying for the case's sake that some accessories came loose. Other than the usual scuffs, the box looked great. The front shows a profile view of the case, as does the back with some features listed and described. The top and bottom are plain blue, and the sides match – listing the specifications of the case, and whether it has a power supply. Also, each side has a handle to move this behemoth.
The case is protected by two thick foam blocks, and also by a large plastic sheath to help keep it from getting damaged (by scratches, moisture, etc). The box itself is fairly durable, but mine had a few punctures – damage was avoided because of how far the blocks spaced the case away.
The accessories come in a box labeled the “Accessory Box,” with the manual crammed next to it. It contains tool-free quick release drive-bay mechanisms for an easier installation and hardware maintenance. The hardware comes in individually labeled bags. Also included is a zip-tie and tie mount for wire management of the case wiring.
Let's open it up and see the performance!