H210i Mini-ITX Chassis
The front of the H210i is muted with mostly just a white slate visible with an NZXT logo emblazoned on the middle-lower portion. Other than that it is a clean white slate.
The top of the H210i as you can see has a single 120mm fan opening, and a fan comes preinstalled from NZXT. The white blank slate observation carries over here as well with only the fan opening and front I/O breaking the appearance.
The front I/O of the H210i is the definition of scant. It has only four items, well five if we include the power/HDD lighting from left to right.
- Headphone/Mic combo 3.5mm jack (Adapter is included)
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port
- Power Button w/power and HDD led ring surround
So as you can see, this is a minimal I/O which has enough for some users, but many may find it lacking. This is a point of contention for me as I am the type that likes to have a few ports accessible for copying between devices. Maybe an external drive or other devices I need to connect quickly and easily. I understand I do not speak for every user, but that's the first part of my issues with the I/O.
The next item I have is the waste in regards to internal connectivity, which we will look at shortly. I will close this one by saying the minimalist I/O does make the front look clean and uncluttered. This is a plus especially for keeping the relatively clean unbroken appearance of the white slate panels.
Here we see the main chamber through the glass panel. The TG panel is held on by a ball and socket snap-in retention, then fastens by a single thumbscrew at the top rear edge. Here we can see the side ventilation entrance behind the front panel. This ventilation feeds the front fan opening, which is independently filtered.
Here looking at the back of the H210i we find what looks like a standard ATX chassis if you had cut out the middle section below the second expansion slot to the PSU opening. From the top, we have the motherboard I/O shield cut-out adjacent to the preinstalled 120mm fan opening. The opening is slotted, so you have around 10-13mm of adjustment vertically.
The two expansion slot openings each have their thumb screw along with a sliding plate to help secure the slot covers or installed GPU. The PSU area is the area that caught my attention the most. It is a full-size opening but comes with an adapter plate preinstalled that allows installation of SFX supplies should you prefer or have a smaller form factor PSU already.
The cable management side of the H210i has a solid steel panel which is a blank white slate like the top and front. The panel is secured to the chassis by two captured thumbscrews on the rear. The rear panel swings away from the chassis like a door, and that means closing the panel even if packed in with cables should be a bit easier than a slide style panel. Once again, we see the ventilation grille behind the front panel.
The bottom of the H210i employs a sizeable dust filter which can slide out from the rear. Below the filter is slotted mounting locations for everything from liquid cooling pumps to a full size 3.5" HDD or an SSD. There is also a straight opening you can use to pull the front panel off. This also is an open area for more air to enter the front fan area (pre-filter of course)