To be completely honest here, I didn't really look into the Zero 2 in depth previously to opening the box to try to keep my thoughts untainted by others views on it. Looking at this case and absorbing what NZXT had done to the Zero 2, I was overall impressed with what they packed inside. With everything considered with the way this build went together, I have to give NZXT credit for making it a simple and pleasurable experience while building the Zero 2.
I can't really say there was anything that was disfunctional or anything that may cause real issues, but there are a few drawbacks that I need to point out. Using IDE drives, both for HDD and ODD just isn't going to work too well inside the Zero 2. I know most users have all-SATA drives these days, but a few budget minded gamers may need to take that into account. Wire management is minimal at best and the Zero 2 doesn't allow a lot of options as to where to run the wires. Not a huge issue as the wiring still can tuck in the corner and be mostly out of the way. Lastly, is the length of the front audio cable; I know I'm being picky, but I don't like to stretch wires to make them connect.
Even with the limited issues, I have to take all things into consideration. The NZXT Zero 2 gives the gamer a roomy case, with a lot of added flash and features that most cases in the price range don't even attempt to offer. This may sound harsh, but I don't believe this to be the "ultimate" in cooling either. The front fan is mostly blocked by the hard drive bays and the minimal holes that it has. Even with the addition of two 80mm fans to the top and bottom, I still cannot call it "ultimate". While I was critical of these four things, I can overlook them based on the $99.99 asking price at Newegg and I have to say NZXT does do a good job of giving you the best bang money can buy at that level. I personally enjoyed the build and I liked the completely screw-less rail design, that makes it that much easier to build and to swap out parts later. If you have an eye for this case and a budget in mind, I will say I would recommend you take a good look at the NZXT Zero 2.
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