NZXT H2 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅22-03-11

H2 has very reserved styling, those who despise the flamboyant gamer style cases that seem to engulf the market at the moment are going to get a 'breath of fresh air' with this case. The front as always mentioned is very clean and features a swinging door, whilst the rear features the following: PSU mounting at the bottom, 7 expansion slot covers with perforated mesh panel to the side and 2 rubber grommets for tubing or cable management and above this an opening for a 120mm rear exhaust fan that comes pre-installed. To the top left of the rear of H2 there is another rubber grommet that NZXT have fed the USB3.0 cable through from the front of the case. This will of course connect to USB3.0 I/O on the motherboard panel.

The front and back of H2

Opening the front door which is closed shut via 2 magnets we can see 3 x 5.25" drive bay covers which are removable by simply sliding back a small button. Beneath this we have 2 x 120mm fans that are preinstalled and are removable. These intake fans don't actually use 3/4-pin cabling so taking them out is really easy. (more on this in the interior section of the review) The inside of the door has foam noise dampening to reduce noise from these dual 120mm fans.

H2 has an swinging door to reveal 2 x 120mm intake fans

Moving up to the top of the case we have a front panel section that consists of (left to right): rubber power button, headphone jack, microphone jack, 1 x USB3.0 port, 3 x USB2.0 port, fan control switch (3 modes - low, med- high) and a rubber reset button. So plenty of functionality here and its good to see the USB ports in this orientation, it means you can fit devices next to one another without obstruction being an issue.

The front panel with fan USB3.0 and fan control

Further along the top of the H2 are two compartment covers. The compartment to the left can accommodate 3.5"/2.5" drives and is a hot swappable dock. The compartment to the right (nearest back) is simply a cover to dampen out noise from a top mounted fan should you wish to install one - there isn't one pre-installed.

Top compartments for hot swappable HDD docking and top mounted fan

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