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Date: May 7th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



With all the shipping material removed, we get our first look at the 921. It's a steel case with a plastic front bezel and door. The side panel has an unusual design for the window treatment, and I'm not sure that I like it very much. It may grow on me, but one thing I do like is the 120mm intake fan located in the center of the panel. Besides the extra airflow, the fan brings some visual elements to the design as well. The clear plastic fan blades and frame will combine with the blue LEDs to light up the interior of the Guardian 921 and add some visual appeal.


 

 

 

 

 


The front of the case still has the “armored” look of the original Guardian, but with some updates and improved features. Some of the visual elements will become apparent only when the case is powered up, but the gloss finish of the door contrasts nicely with the matte finish of the upper display bezel and the lower air intake area.



Thanks to an unusual door design, the display screen along with the power and reset buttons are available whether the door is open or not.



With the door open, the three big bays and two external 3.5-inch bays are available. The door is secured with magnetic catches and a finger slot is provided for opening the door with ease. The door and bezel are plastic, but still relatively sturdy with a bit of room between the door and bezel face for any bay devices with protruding knobs or other appurtenances. The mesh intake panel keeps errant fingers and other foreign objects out of the 120mm intake fan in this area.



The I/O panel is mounted on the left side of the bezel and features two USB, twoaudio and a single eSATA port. While I generally don't care for this location for I/O ports, it makes more sense in a case like the Guardian 921 and keeps them available at all times.

 

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