There are a couple of oddities or irregularities that I have to point out. First be aware that the plastic top and face are a true red, but the steel is slightly lighter in color. With every lot where the paint is replenished, the color may be closer or a bit further away as that batch of paint empties. Even with a slight difference I am still very pleased with the looks of the red Phantom 410. The second thing is that the hard drives are all wired on the left of the chassis. Simply adding extra holes for the locking tabs of the trays would allow the user to wire them behind the motherboard tray with everything else. The last thing I am going to pick on is the lack of changing or even removing the blue LED fan. I can take the power and activity lights being blue, but the blue glow on the inside doesn't add kindly to a red interior. Mentioning what I have is really nit picking at the Phantom 410 for what I like personally, but are all valid points to consider when looking into the purchase of this case.
Putting the case through its paces I was very pleased with the limited noise coming from the Phantom 410 with the fan set to low speed on the controller. Once I pushed the slider into its high position it is still very quiet while offering good cooling to the components inside.
On the inside, adding the removable hard drive section to allow much longer cards while on the outside, making sure to leave room for some water cooling under the obviously Phantom trim applied there. Maybe I am still taken by how good a red and black chassis can look, and it is my first one to actually work with, even so I still feel that for what NZXT expects you to invest to have a little Phantom on your desk, there isn't anything I was really left wanting that wasn't offered in the Phantom 410.
NZXT has definitely lifted my spirits from the last product I reviewed and has shown me, and hopefully you, that even an opinionated guy like myself can be taken back in after a bad experience. The Phantom 410 delivers a full set of features with things like fan control and native USB 3.0, again I wasn't left missing anything, and the fact that all of the wiring is black to the very end helps keep the theme going with this stunning red and black mid tower chassis.
Even if you would rather have the white version, or the black version, there is no way you can ignore the cost. With quite a few cases in the $100 price range, it is hard to stand out against the endless offerings already out. NZXT offers just this, $109.99 at Newegg.com, and I can see all three colors of this chassis soon running out of stock as people flock to buy one of their own.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm CDT
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