Date: December 20th, 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
Freed from the confines of its packaging, NZXT's Panzerbox has a very unique stance and profile that I like a lot, and the black finish on the aluminum panels is neither flat nor shiny, but very attractive. Curiously, both side panels are vented with a mesh insert and I don't see how the right side panel vent will enhance cooling, but it does add a bit of visual interest. The transition from top to front panels is augmented by an angled design feature that, along with the wide stance, gives the Panzerbox a unique look without going over the top. In fact, everything about the Panzerbox whispers subtlety, letting the design, quality materials and finish stand on their own. Fit and finish are excellent as demonstrated by the side panels which fit flush to the sides of the chassis and show no unsightly gaps to detract from the overall great look of the case. The black finish is very attractive, but has a tendency to show fingerprints after handling.
From the rear, we can see that NZXT has placed the PSU mounting in a very unusual place. This is what dictates the wider design and characteristic stance of the Panzerbox. While I like the look very much, I'm a little put off by the PSU being so close to the expansion bays. We'll see how this works out during the installation phase of the review. Four large thumbscrews secure the side panels to the case, and removing five more will release the motherboard tray. A low-restriction fan placement is home to the 120mm rear exhaust fan and the watercooling crowd gets the nod with a couple of large, grommetted tubing access holes.
From the front, we can see the three big bays and the mesh panel that matches…
…the top and side vents. The front panel I/O panel lives on the inclined face of the top and includes two USB ports and a single E-SATA port flanking the obligatory audio ports. A raised detail on the top mesh adds a bit of visual interest to what would otherwise be a rather uninteresting surface.