Conclusion: Probaby the most unique feature of NZXT's Guardian case is it's "Guardian Eye" LED.Â The LED motion is quite unique and is actually patent pending so you can be sure that only those with an NZXT case will have one.
Conclusion: The NZXT Guardian Mid-Tower Case successfully combines form and function into one attractive package. The Guardian's unique design is sure to be the center of attention at the next LAN party, and the animated "Flash Motion" LED’s will open a few eyes. The fabrication of the window on the side panel is top notch with the acrylic and metal sitting flush inside each other. The inclusion of the tri-colored 80mm fan adds a nice light spread to the case.
Pros: Very unique design, Screwless drive installation, Unique Guardian Eye animated LED design, Front USB, headphone, and microphone jacks, Includes pre-modded side panel window, Expansion card stabilizing clips are a nice addition, Price
Cons: Sharp hard drive rails, Only three internal 3.5" bays, Fan box spacing is tight, dual fan PSU’s are a difficult fit, Stamped front and rear fan grills and fan box inhibit airflow
Conclusion: The NZXT Guardian case is indeed "crafted gaming armor". This case has it all - it's simple to use, expandability, ample drive bays for additional storage, has a tool-less chassis design, includes a 400W Power Supply and is reasonably priced. On top of the functionality that the Guardian brings to the table, the case is just pure eye candy for anyone who owns it. It's unique design featuring animated lights and amazing window is sure to turn heads.
Conclusion: This is obviously not a computer enclosure for everyone, even if you don't plug in
the front panel lights. But it's surprising how good an enclosure it really is - and,
speaking objectively about its fit and finish and not subjectively about its particular
aesthetic direction, it's a really well executed product. It doesn't rattle or squeak
or jam, its paintwork is slick, and the ludicrous front panel was clearly not created
by people who thought it was a bad idea.
Conclusion: This is a great case overall. The only thing I am missing is a removable motherboard tray. It has some nice features such as screwless drive installation rounded corners, flashing front, and a great looking plexi window. I know modders won’t approve of this case since it’s premodded but this suits everyone that wants a great case that looks nice which you will not have to mod yourself. Price-wise it’s very nice and we found this for $69,99 USD @ Tigerdirect.
Excerpt: Were you ever into robots depicted in those Japanese anime cartoons? You know - the ones that could transform from one shape into another? Were you a Transformers fan like I was? If you can picture what one of those robot faces looks like - then try and picture that face on the front facing of your PC case. That's right, your PC case.
Excerpt: Remember when a case was nothing more than a beige box with clips and fasteners to allow you to hook up your precious hardware? It wasn't too long ago when this was the norm, but things have rapidly changed.
Conclusion: Once again we can't really argue about the looks of this case - you're either going to love it or hate it, so we'll just have to leave that up to you. Telling you what looks good isn't our job, it's instead to tell you what is good and bad about the case in case you do happen to find it to be visually appealing.
Pros: Unique front bezel design, Integrated Drive Rail retension mechanism, Directed rear airflow, Patented Front EYE LED, It's More Than Meets The Eye!
Cons: No removable motherboard tray, Tool required, Front intake fan a pain and pretty much useless