Conclusion: With the Lexa, NZXT has once again been able to release something new and completely original into a market where new and original offerings are typically few. Whether you love the symmetric design of the Lexa or absolutely abhor it, like every other NZXT case it is able to illicit an almost instant reaction.
Conclusion: NZXT has added yet another unique product which combines functionality balanced with nice aesthetics. The black exterior of the Lexa Aluminum Mid-Tower Case is beautiful and is highlighted with aluminum and silver trim accents on the side panels and front bezel. Consumers will appreciate all the value added stock options that come with this case which includes the tool-less key entry, three 120mm cooling fans, 80mm top exhaust fan, drive rail system, light weight...
Pros: Light weight aluminum and plastic construction, Aesthetically pleasing design, Tool-less case options, Built-in LCD thermal monitor, Front USB, Firewire and audio ports., Pre-modified side panel window, Built-in fan filters, Includes LAN carrying strap for easy transport, Good cooling options and includes stock 120mm and 80mm fans
Cons: Non-removable motherboard tray or drive cages, PSU installation can be problematic for larger size units, Cable management feature at rear of the case is useless, LCD thermal display limited to Celsius readings, no Fahrenheit, Price
Excerpt: Oh, NZXT, you had some truly great ideas on the ol’ chassis drawing board. Alas, we can’t give a 10 Kick Ass award for dreams. The Blackline case is a personal ad in case form—it certainly looks wonderful on NZXT’s website, but seeing it in person is an entirely different experience. The Lexa Blackline looks like a standard black case with some oversized hunks of plastic shoved onto it.
Pros: Relatively screwless design.
Cons: Cramped interior makes installing water-cooling difficult; front-panel lighting is a disaster.
Conclusion: Just as with past NZXT products, the packaging is more then enough to tempt you into a purchase. The presentation is better than most, which helps to add interest to an already appealing price tag. With a SECC construction the Lexa Blackline is solid and strong. Thankfully a plastic bezel and windowed side panel help to lighten the load, which actually makes the case surprisingly lighter than expected.
Pros: Extremely well built SECC chassis, Liquid-cooling ready, Convenient bezel/button design, High-quality features at a bargain, Plenty of working room, Attractive gloss black finish, Multiple cooling fan locations, Affordable and well designed
Cons: Rear trim prohibits easy side panel access, Expansion card retaining bracket is not friendly with all blade styles, Hard drive cage should be turned
Conclusion: Well, another day, and another review on the books. How does the NZXT fare? Let's break it down, shall we? The differences between the Blackline and the original Lexa include some good and some bad. First, the good: the Blackline has a hot new look, and adding water cooling access ports on the back definitely are a big vote in its favor. Of course, making it cheaper than the original also helps.
Summary: The Lexa Blackline is a nice looking rig. The window could be a little smaller, to hide some of the wire mess, but not a big deal. The red LED fans are a change from the blue ones most rigs use, and the black/red combination is a cool look. I ran the front, rear, and side 120mm fans with 12v, and the trio are surprisingly quiet. So quiet that I may not change them to 5v in the future as I usually do.
Summary: The NZXT Lexa Blackline looks just as great as the original Lexa, if not better. While this may be more based on personal preference, it should be noted that NZXT did everything to make a uniform case, with the plastic parts up top, the rear cage and the feet on the bottom. Including four quiet fans inside the system is a great move as is the dust filter on the window and bottom of the case.
Pros: Good price, Very good build quality, Large graphics cards will fit, Quiet, even with all the fans, Hide-effect LCD for three temperature diodes, Tool-less system is complete and works perfectly, Four fans included, Awesome looks and well placed lighting, Great paintjob, Screwless expansion card installation, Cable sorting cage in the back
Cons: Front IO placed on wrong side of case, Is twice as heavy as original Lexa, Is a fingerprint magnet
Excerpt: As this is my first review to be posted on a web site I suppose I should give a little background information about myself. I am a lover of computer gaming and modding. I do work part time in a small computer shop where we do anything and everything relating to computers. However, I am not formally trained in computers. I think this is important to note because I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to work on and build their own systems.