Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The exterior of this all steel mid tower chassis is a cross between the design of the Alpha front bezel while still offering a unique look all its own. The front bezel includes a door covered in a brushed metal panel with chrome trim around the outside. The rest of the plastic bezel is flat black, and as shipped, the door on the front opens to the left. Behind the door you will gain access to three, removable from the outside, optical drive bay covers. Below these there is a pair of 120mm fans that also remove from the outside and are wirelessly attached with contact pads that allow for super simple removal and maintenance. Both of the side panels are plain black and solid; no windows or vents to be found. The top of the chassis not only holds the front I/O panel, but offers a hidden SATA HDD dock and a special fan grill cover to deaden the noise levels if you add a fan to that position. Also included in the top of the chassis is a three position fan controller that can cover 30 Watts worth of fans over four connections, and this chassis offers USB 3.0 too.
On the inside you will find the chassis is completely black, and once you remove a side panel you will notice the layer of sound deadening foam that is applied to the inside of each panel. With those out of the way you get access to the interior. There you will find three 5.25" bays with tool-free mechanisms for a quick fit and lock of position. The Hard drive bays total eight in this chassis, and with the use of the included slide in trays, you can use the pins to mount a 3.5" drive, or with screws, mount a 2.5" drive to the bottom of the same trays. To the left of the bays you find a motherboard tray with plenty of wire management options, a CPU cooler access hole, varied motherboard compatibility and 25mm to the back door to hide the thickest wires. The rear of the chassis holds the last included 120mm fan of the three above the seven expansion slots that are above the bottom mounted power supply mounting area. The floor of the chassis will allow for an optional 120mm fan to be installed and both the PSU and this fan are covered under the case with a removable dust filter.
That was a lot to cover and I still feel like I am leaving something out. Either way, even if I did miss anything, I'm sure I will get it covered as we take a closer look at the chassis and its features. With all of these features, options, sleek styling and a subtle and almost undetectable LED lighting scheme, what is the H2 going to set you back? Well, surprisingly enough, not all that much! While I did see one or two places just a shade cheaper, I found the $99.99 price tag at Newegg.com that makes this chassis a very attractive prospect for those who prefer a silent work environment. Once shipping gets added, it brings the chassis to just less than $120 US dollars. While that is a great price to offer a mid tower, I must continue with the article and see if there is anything I can really pick this chassis apart for. As it looks at first glance, I am seeing very little to complain about. Let's see if I still have this same feeling when we get through with the build and testing.
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