Summary: Final Thoughts
Upon receiving the H230 chassis and learning is price point and target I was a bit torn as I know NZXTs flair for adding crazy features but at this price point I have looked at more than enough chassis to know what to expect, but NZXT did surprise a bit here having a value chassis with sound deadening options and overall a nice styling that was mostly easy to build in..
Cons: – Sound Dampening not very effective, – Included zip ties are too small to manage many cables, – HDD Trays feel flimsy, – Cable management space is tight
Summary: NZXT has a somewhat troubled history with the H family of cases. Originally called HUSH, they were forced to change the name after some legal issues, resulting in the "H". Then the H2 was released with mixed reviews as some believed there to be too much plastic in play (we actually liked the chassis). NZXT shortly thereafter revamped their entire product line of cases, including the H series.
Pros: Good sound encapsulation, Sound dampening materials come pre-installed, Tool-less ODD installation process, Tool-less HDD installation process, Comes with two fans, Great modern looks, Loads of space for long GPUs, PSU, and CPU cooler, Top hard-drive cage removable if you go all out, Dust filter on all intake areas, Extremely good paint job, Each color variant with matching interior paint job, White power LED a perfect touch, Available in black or white
Cons: Still the flimsy hard drive trays!!, Plastic ODD locks work, but are inadequate at holding things in place, No rubber grommets on motherboard tray opening, Basic set of contents, No external 3.5" bay, Basic I/O, Taking out a hard drive requires removing the side panel behind the motherboard tray
Conclusion: The H230 is NZXT's attempt at providing mainstream system builders with a little bit of everything. For under £60, the mid-tower chassis offers good build quality backed up by a healthy feature set that includes plenty of storage bays, a modular drive cage, foam-lined side panels and your choice of black or white paintwork.
Summary: While generally, I can recommend NZXT’s cases, I would be hesitant to recommend the H230. Build quality and features are up to NZXT’s reputation. However, the sound proofing didn’t seem sufficient, and several improvements should be done to make this a case that is worthy of the reputation of NZXT.
Summary: The NZXT H230 Case is a mid tower case that comes in black and white, includes 2 120mm fans, there are two USB3 ports, has noise dampening material on both side panels, tool-less drive design and much more. If you're in the market for a quiet build, it's an excellent case for the money.
Summary: With the exceptional build quality at this price point, and the features that have been implemented, the H230 is really hard to beat. If you are in the market for a very affordable quiet mid-tower chassis that’s very well built, I would highly recommend the NZXT H230 for your next build.