Excerpt: NZXT H440 Special Edition Review Manufacturer: NZXT UK price (as reviewed): £124.13 (inc VAT) US price (as reviewed): $194.99 (ex TAX) We're big fans of most of NZXT's cases, especially so of its recent efforts at offering minimalist disigns that are really pushing the boundaries of PC case aesthetics.
NZXT H440 Designed by Razer Mid-Tower Enclosure Review
5 December 2014
Excerpt: In the last few years NZXT has emerged as a popular choice for computer builds with stylish cases for a variety of needs. The newest member of the H series, the H440, promises quiet performance and offers a clean look by eliminating optical drive bays entirely from the design. While this might be a deal-breaker for some, the days of the ODD seem to be numbered as more enclosures are making the move away from the 5.25" bay.
Summary: The NZXT H440 is an incredible mid-tower case, with lots of cooling options and a spacious interior for a mid-tower case. Razer’s enhancements to the H440 make this case stand out from other options on the market.
Summary: Findings of the NZXT H440 “RAZER Edition”
It is possible to mod any case in the world. I have seen almost every brand be modded in some way but most people get sponsored or they built it for a person that has a lot of money to pay a professional modder to build them one just the way the modder thinks that person wants.
Pros: – Stealth like color, Tinting and sound proofing, – Theme was done right, not over done like others, but looks professional., – 360 Radiator ready at the top of the case, – Steel construction for strength., – QuaziToolless design, – Printed circuit boards thoughout the case
Cons: – Not 100% steel since there are lots of materials that make up this case. Inner case is 100 % Steel., – The side vinyl window is very easy to scratch.
Conclusion: Jumping right into things as I like to do lets concentrate on the design for a moment. NZXT truly put forth a massive effort in making sure the H440 was going to be one of the best cases on the market. They covered all their bases including things such as a power supply cover which of course its main purpose is to hide all those horrible cables we need to power all our hardware.
Excerpt: We love the fact that NZXT bills this semi-silent-themed case as a “hassle-free experience.” We wonder if the company was using the same case that we were, because we encountered quite a bit of hassle building a standard configuration into this smaller-than-usual chassis. For starters, the case itself ships with no printed manual—at least, ours didn’t.
Pros: Excellent placement of (limited) cable-routing holes; ample air cooling; lovely looks; USB 3.0 support.
Cons: Limited cable-management space; fans overpower soundproofing; too many screws; expensive.
is a great enclosure with an excellent, forward thinking design. It also has features to support this idea, and cooling performance to keep your components in the safety zone. Put them all together and it equates in to the right kind of user experience we want, which is a very clean computer system.
Pros: Excellent design and theme, Quality build, Ample cooling and control via included fan hub, Exellent liquid cooling support for both custom and all-in-one systems, Shows off your system well, Easy installation and setup, Competitively priced
Cons: Front bezel is easy to pull off by accident (which can result in a crash landing), Rear LED and internal NZXT sign cannot be controlled separately
Summary: Final Thoughts
The first thing that I said when I took the H440 out of its packaging was, “WOW this thing is clean” and it really is. It has to be one of the best looking cases that I have reviewed in a long time. The matte black is a great choice and is really different from what we normally see from case manufacturers. The red accents really look great and if red is not your thing they also offer the case with blue, orange or green accents.
Pros: – Incredibly sleek design, – Easy installation, – Large side panel window, – Power supply cover with light up NZXT logo, – 4 included fans and fan hub, – Watercooling support
Cons: – Some may not like that there are no optical drive bays
Conclusion: NZXT has continually demonstrated a willingness to improve its chassis solutions, and with the H440, the company has taken what it has learned thus far to deliver a mid-tower enclosure that meets the requirements of a modern-day build. Using more steel and less plastic, the H440 represents a visible improvement in construction quality, and the sturdy build is backed-up by a relatively sleek design that is for the most part well thought out.
Summary: Last month we checked out the new Obsidian 450D, another mid-tower that costs $120. As you would expect from a Corsair product build quality was as good as it gets. The problem however was the lack of gear built into the 450D. Out of the box the case offered support for a laughable three 3.5” hard drives. That would have almost been acceptable if the rest of the case was buzzing with features.