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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: On most fronts, we’d agree that NZXT succeeded on these points admirably. The H440 is tough, attractive, and a breeze to build in. It cuts a couple of questionable corners, but nothing too egregious, and we appreciate all of the sound foam, even if adding a few more pads and grommets wouldn’t hurt.
Pros: Sturdy steel body, Tons of cable management capability, Very versatile cooling mountings, Lack of 5.25-inch bays allows for better use of space
Cons: Some cheap-looking plastic accents, Needs a pinch more room under the motherboard tray, Illuminated logo branding through window
Summary: The NZXT H440 is clearly taking all its design elements from the larger H630 to incorporate them into a mid-tower chassis. That said, the insides of the H440 are almost completely different, which does not necessarily mean that it is worse off.
Pros: Good price, Excellent construction quality, Four 140 mm fans included right out of the box, Encased PSU compartment, Extensive use of metal instead of plastic, Lighting in the back - now with 2 LEDs, Nifty brand-specific lighting element on the side, Dedicated 2.5" drive bays on the PSU-compartme...
Cons: Extensive use of metal makes it heavy, Limited space between side panel and motherboard tray, Sound dampening will take a beating during installation, Long graphics card means the loss of at least one HDD bay, There would have been space for more hard-drive trays, No external drive bay may be an ...