NZXT H700i Review 11

NZXT H700i Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The NZXT H700i currently goes for US$170 excl. taxes. while the basic variant sells for US$150.
  • Extremely solid build quality
  • Cable trenches for easy cable management
  • Four retail-grade fans included
  • NZXT CAM module built in
  • Dust filters on all intake openings
  • Great use of steel for the shroud as part of the side
  • Excellent engineering and design to maximize cooling capabilities in front and top of chassis
  • Excellent CPU cooler compatibility
  • Can hold up to eight storage drives
  • Very easy to assemble for both air and liquid cooling
  • One solid steel piece running along front and top of case
  • Two built-in RGB strips
  • Excellent out of the box cable routing
  • Nifty spring-loaded SSD trays
  • Solid connector for your case power/reset/LED
  • Available in a slew of cool color choices and special editions
  • 3.5" hard-drive cage requires removal to be filled, using nothing but screws
  • Windowed side panel thumb screws look a little out of place in this sleek design
  • A bit on the heavy side
NZXT is known for being uncompromising on the overall design and engineering of their cases, while making sure it still retains well-thought-out, functional features. In fact, I think the H700i bests the H500i in that department ever so slightly. The enclosure's sleek design and material mix make up for the fact that you may have to look closer at first before you come to the clear conclusion that the price tag not only gets you that but plenty more.

From the unique cable trenches to four pre-installed retail-grade fans, the built-in smart device, and cable cover: everything comes together with the metal shroud to allow you to install not only big air coolers but also opt for two 360 mm radiators instead without compromising expandability or having to sacrifice more than a single hard-drive spot. Even so, that is only the case if you put a thick radiator in the front of the H700i.

Add the fact that you get two RGB LED strips—one of which comes pre-installed beautifully and ready to go—the ability to control them, and the equally nicely connected fans with NZXT's CAM software and it further underlines what makes the case great. But NZXT hasn't stopped there by making all these bits and pieces work together so well as to result in a beautifully clean interior when assembled, and the cherry on top is certainly the fact that you can get the case in so many different color variants, as well as cool special editions.
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