We find ourselves torn at this point. Being honest has always served us well thus far, so why change now? The thing is that even with the features they have listed all checking out and working well, we find ourselves with an overwhelming feeling that something is missing, almost like we stepped back in time a bit. It is really strange, too, because with the drive compatibility being reduced to allow for longer cards, you are still stuck to reference designs for multi-GPU setups. And forget most of the top-tier aftermarket coolers! It's like for everything positive we can come up with about this design, there always seems to be a flipside to that point.
This may come off as a bit harsh, and maybe even a little "elitist," but reality is what it is in today's market. Being able to sample cases from around the globe gives me access to all sorts of design ideas and what can be had in a mid-tower chassis these days. While Zalman and the Z3 Plus do cover all the basics and most of the features that users need in a chassis, it seems the attempts were a bit weak in design and implementation.
Things like wire management come to mind where room is so limited that you need to force the door panel back on with even just a bit of the mass of wires run there. Things like offering dual 120mm fans in the top but not using normal spacing to allow for any chance of internal water cooling. This is more of a chassis for a beginner who really isn't wise to the market or isn't looking forward enough to see the limitations that one runs into in this chassis.
For what the Z3 Plus White mid-tower chassis brings to the table, it does offer unique styling, and we feel most people will really like the looks. We also find that the pricing is not all that bad considering the features that they do offer, even if not done the way we would like it to be.
I guess the bottom line is that you really need to love the exterior and not need that much from your chassis to full appreciate what Zalman has delivered. It is cramped to the point that the DVD drive rubs the motherboard with ATX and Micro-ATX. We can't run dual card systems and we have seven slots? We are just left with so many questions that we find, even at a reasonable price, your hard earned dollars could be better spent.
PRICING: You can find the Zalman Z3 Plus White for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Zalman Z3 Plus White retails for $60.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Zalman Z3 Plus White Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Z3 Plus White]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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