Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
NZXT should not at this point require any introduction at this point. Not just because we recently took a look at the outgoing H series model the H500i, but because NZXT has been making chassis for a while. NZXT has carved out a niche for themselves. Their H series has become such an iconic lineup that by a mere glance, most can recognize the NZXT chassis but also associate it with the brand. Now with that being said, we are looking at one of the newest in the H series family, the H210i.
The NZXT H series is made to be a focused case designed for optimal layout and targeted cooling performance. They are also offering several features to make builds more comfortable with cable management considerations, ease of cooling installation, among many other factors.
The main features NZXT has chosen to highlight for the H210i, the predecessor to the H200i. Firstly we have an upgraded CAM smart controller. This includes double the channels for RGB along with a faster MCU to make it a better overall control unit and more responsive. Let us not forget that the control unit has three available channels for fan control (DC or PWM).
NZXT also integrated newer connectivity by adding a USB Type-C capable of USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps data rate). This will be a point of contention for me as I will explain later in this review. A lot of the features we liked about the H series are still here. Such as the cable management guides and removable cooling, mounting trays to make installations much more manageable.
The chassis today as previously mentioned carries the H series namesake. Being the H210i, it is the successor to the H200i and a Mini-ITX variance. Now the MPN ends with -W1, which means it is a white model, and we all know that with the right case, white really can look slick although it can be a nightmare to photograph.
The chassis fits only Mini-ITX motherboards as it is a tiny case measuring in at only 334mm high (not including feet). The H210i can fit up to three SSD's plus one if you use the bottom mount on the floor of the chassis. HDD fitment for the H210i is one or a single large 3.5" drive which would mount on the floor of the chassis below the PSU shroud area.
Cooling for such a small box is admittedly quite good as NZXT opened up the area passing into the PSU shroud to support up to a dual 120 (240mm) liquid cooling radiator with push/pull fans. Or the front can support up to dual 120 or 140mm fans and has a removable tray to make installation easier.
The top and rear come preinstalled with Aer F120 case fans, and on that note, you can replace the preinstalled fans with a fan of your choice should you so choose but they will be limited to 120mm. Even with the compact nature of a Mini-ITX case, while this is not a super SFF case. It is small enough it still manages to leave enough space to connect cables and get everything set up with minimal hassle.
The H210i comes to market at an MSRP of $109.99 globally and $119.99 for USA due to imposed tariffs by the USA, a thirty or forty dollar premium over the H210 non-I version ($79.99) which does not include a CAM smart controller or included Addressable LED strip. Comparing the H210i to others on the market can be tough as the ITX market is unfortunately largely underserved. Therefore when searching in a specific price range, you may find a ton of the same models with color variances.
A few competitors we find are the Silencio S400 from Cooler Master, the Aging Bitfenix Prodigy, and the Enthoo Evolve ITX from Phanteks. Another Phanteks case we have looked at previously is the Shift and Shift X. Those being monolith style designs its tough to compare as they do not have the cooling fitment flexibility afforded to the H210i.
With all of this considered, let's dig into the new H210i and see what helps to make it worth your buck, and what just flat out does not.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Reeven NAIA 240 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Kingston HyperX Predator RGB - HX429C15PB3AK2/16
- Video Card: NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collectors Edition - Galactic Empire Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Gold (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)