Style, aggressiveness, bling, all of that can be found in the H700i. There is no getting around the fact that this chassis is attractive. We also love that the chassis is compact, yet has room for an EATX motherboard, and the internal features are designed in such a way that things can be adjusted depending on the parts needed to fit inside. Airflow is handled well from the factory, and with the advantages CAM offers, with a few clicks on the screen, you can have the chassis slowing and glowing the way you want it to be. We enjoy all of the drive options, five 2.5" drive trays in three locations, a pair of HDD bays that are removable, room for AIOs as well as custom cooling, the list goes on and on. We are not huge fans of screwed on tempered glass panels, but we applaud NZXT for keeping the glass clear. Being able to see what is in the chassis is the whole reason windowed panels started in the first place, and is something that many companies hide with dark tint levels. Everywhere we look, every component, every feature, they have all been well thought out and implemented in ways which places the H700i ahead of many other mid-tower offerings.
It is rare that we find a product where there isn't something glaringly obvious that it is done wrong, or could have been done differently, but ion the H700i, everything simply works. We are suckers for black cases with red trim, and NZXT did the right thing by not just having it outside, but taking it to the interior as well. If red is not your thing, there are three other color options to look at before buying this case, and some of them would look spectacular paired with the right motherboard, RAM, and video cards. We don't tend to get to use many of our cases after the fact, but we did build our old test system in this chassis after the review. With an EATX based system, we still find that everything fits, and being able to move the red wire cover plate, so we have room is brilliant. Other than having to see the thumbscrews attaching the glass panel, we cannot think of anything else we would have changed. The NZXT H700i mid-tower chassis is just that good.
Nevertheless, there is still one glaring point to this product, that while we can appreciate why it is what it is, we do feel the cost will keep this chassis away from the masses. There is no doubt that the feature set and what you can accomplish with this chassis is worth more than $100, pricing it just under $200 is a stretch for many. If style is your thing, and you like what you see, by all means, go right ahead and buy the H700i. It is hard to be disappointed. For those of you out there who appreciate what is offered, but tend to be a little stingier with your funds, maybe a sale will hit soon, and you can get it for a steal. For now, though, you will have to pay big if you plan to house your next build inside of the NZXT H700i Mid-Tower Chassis. We can almost look past the price, but we do feel that it is the sticking point which will have many users feeling defeated, seeing something so nice, yet it is just out of reach of their bank accounts.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: The NZXT H700i has everything you could imagine, and then some. The chassis is attractive, it is packed full of goodies and features, but at $200, many will pass as soon as they see the cost.
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