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.
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.
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.
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 i...
Cons: Front IO placed on wrong side of case, Is twice as heavy as original Lexa, Is a fingerprint magnet
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.
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: 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.
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...
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
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...
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.
Conclusion: NZXT have done themselves proud once again. I was a little bit put off due to the obvious gamer looks and plastic front. However, my doubts were put to rest during installation and testing, due to the ease of drive fitting and noise output.
Pros: Great aesthetics, Near perfect tool-less design, Silent and cool running
Cons: Dim temperature display, Collects fingerprints