{Hardware} Evaluate: The NZXT H710i

It’s been some time since I’ve accomplished a evaluation, not to mention one for a PC case. They’re deceptively easy constructs; constructed to deal with and defend your PC elements whereas additionally offering a way of magic about how on earth you managed to suit all of these cables in there. Currently, they’ve additionally been tasked with amplifying the “gamer fashion”, with the addition of fancy lights, and neon cooling methods. And on the floor, it looks as if the NZXT H710i does all of that with a way of straightforward class. However the place’s the poop?

Nothing is ideal, and that’s undoubtedly true of the H710i. It appears the half, and at first look convinces you that it may function an in-home piece of contemporary artwork; An ideal monolith to watch. However while you open it as much as get all the way down to its core obligation, you realise you’ll want a group of small-handed rogues (or youngsters, as they’re colloquially known as) to really set up any of your elements. Fortunately I can match my abnormally nimble (for his or her measurement) fingers in a Pringles can, so I managed. However man, was it a drag.

I’m not going to faux that this case has in some way revolutionised the pc chassis recreation, so I’ll minimize proper to the chase.

What it is advisable to know

It’s actually actually fairly. That’s it. That’s the evaluation.

No, I’m solely (largely) joking.

The NZXT H710i, like all expertise, has issues that attempt to show itself barely totally different from the remainder of the PC instances available on the market, together with its predecessor. However other than a matte metal outer shell, what precisely does it have to supply? Right here’s the essential rundown:

  • Two RGB lighting channels, and three fan channels (for voltage regulated or PWM followers)
  • The brand new Sensible System V2 with two RGB LED strips alongside the within fringe of the case
  • A USB-C connector on high
  • A cable administration bar (that white U-shaped factor), and a somewhat heavy tempered-glass aspect panel
  • Just a little cable routing package, with some helpful pre-installed channels and straps
  • 4 entrance followers – No RGB on these,
  • Detachable entrance panel and PSU consumption filters
  • A reversible, removeable, top-mounted bracket designed for radiators (as much as 360mm) – I didn’t want this, but it surely’s a have to know, I assume!
  • A built-in mounting bracket for when you felt like putting in your GPU vertically is one thing your setup can’t do with out

It’s actually actually fairly. That’s it. That’s the evaluation… No, I’m solely (largely) joking.

Whereas it’s a extremely enticing case, it’s not low-cost; I checked round on a number of native websites, and the H710i’ll put you again between R3-4000 relying on the place you get it. However that’s about on-par with NZXT’s quick competitor within the area, Corsair. So I assume it simply will depend on what look you’re going for in your closing construct*.
* Refer again to the “actually actually fairly” remark I made earlier.

Now it’s time for an excellent, outdated recreation of “Professionals & Cons”! As a result of actually, this isn’t a foul little bit of {hardware}. In actual fact, I wouldn’t be mad if I owned one however that doesn’t imply it doesn’t have a number of areas the place it’s missing.


Whereas I could have complained a bit of firstly of the evaluation about this confounded contraption, it does have a number of issues going for it. As an example, accessing the nitty-gritty, back-end of your PC has by no means been simpler with the way in which they’ve designed the latch for the metal again panel. Merely press a button and off it pops! And it snaps again with simply as a lot ease.

On the other aspect of the panel, you’ll discover a somewhat anxiety-reducing lever connected to your tempered glass panel, which helps it keep put even when the screw securing it has been eliminated. It comes free with a satisfying click on and stays put till you actively take away it from its slot. Which, as a first-time tempered glass proprietor, I actually appreciated.

you’ll discover a system of pre-installed goodies that has made getting began so simple as plug-and-play

Going contained in the case you’ll discover a system of pre-installed goodies that has made getting began so simple as plug-and-play, no further equipment wanted actually. Leaving your individual elements primarily as straightforward to arrange, barring one or two drawbacks alongside the way in which. However we’ll get to these quickly sufficient.

Moreover, the software program that accompanies the brand new era of instances, the NZXT CAM, is a really good addition to your total setup. It lets you management and monitor virtually each facet of your system that it’s in a position, together with time spent in a recreation and your pc’s efficiency whereas operating it.

All in all, it’s a PC case that almost all can be completely satisfied to have. It’s constructed to be naturally quiet, straightforward to arrange and convey a way of surprise to your area with out being too out-there.


On the flip aspect, I did begin this evaluation off by asking “the place’s the poop?”, and I assume I’m right here to disclose it finally.

Whereas the H710i has a number of good factors going for it, I actually can’t ignore how laborious it was getting a few of my items into the precise case. Within the evaluation video you’ll see a (shortened) sequence of me attempting my greatest to easily get my onerous drive into its designated, and actually poorly thought-out, slot. How they anticipated somebody to simply slip their HDD in there when the case comes with pre-installed cables barring its entry, I do not know.

On high of that, the “progressive cable administration system” they have been attempting so onerous to attain made really plugging in important energy cables a tedious endeavour for me, regardless of my beforementioned dexterity. Within the evaluation video, you’ll see me wiggle and pull at an influence cable meant for my motherboard as a result of it felt as if the case itself was barring me from connecting it.

I actually can’t ignore how laborious it was getting a few of my items into the precise case.

The identical might be mentioned of the sq. metallic field on the backside housing the PSU. On the far right-hand aspect, there’s a pleasant, little handy gap that they’ve manufactured on your cables to move out of your PSU to wherever they should go contained in the case. What they didn’t take into accounts is the truth that it’s precisely above the spot the place you needed to wrestle your HDD into. So for a consumer like me (who some would argue won’t have accomplished it within the right order), I needed to barely take away my HDD to really make use of it. A design oversight I can’t be satisfied they didn’t know of.

And lastly, which largely bleeds into my different onerous drive woes, is the truth that there may be solely area for 3. As somebody who simply got here from an NZXT case that had at the least 5 openings for drives, this discount and poor placement was fairly regarding. I managed to wrangle my two drives in, however I really do not know how somebody would get the third in there. It will be like seeing an SUV parallel park between two different giant vehicles on a busy metropolis road.


Now that you just’ve heard the thick and the skinny of it, right here’s my parting ideas:

The NZXT H701i is a stunning piece of {hardware} that might make an excellent addition to any setup. It’s nice to take a look at, comes with greater than sufficient area for SSDs and different further gadgets, and runs somewhat quietly. However what each purchaser ought to pay attention to, at the least, is the truth that the designers thought-about the look of it over its performance. There have been moments I questioned the practicality of a whole lot of issues they determined to do, however in the long run, I nonetheless liked the factor my PC now calls its house. However good heavens, am I dreading taking this factor aside!

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