Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Zalman's Z9 Plus has a very distinct look even though its overall dimensions are rather conventional. Starting at the top of the case, there is a large meshed panel that supports up to two 120mm fans, one of which is included. Just in front of the mesh is a shiny plastic panel with the Zalman logo and ventilation features, too. The right side panel has no ventilation or other features, so let's move to the front.
Starting at the top, Zalman places the large power button at an angle near the center of the case with the remainder of the front panel I/O features just below. These consist of an LED temperature display and fan speed control. The customary audio jacks are flanked by four USB 2.0 ports, and an HDD activity light and reset button round out the I/O panel. Three big bays are provided with meshed covers, as is the stylized “Z” on the lower half of the front, which also features a floppy bay.
The left side panel also features a stylized “Z” design, this time in mesh and acrylic windows. There's a 120mm blue LED fan here and room for another should the user wish to add one. A small painted graphic at the lower right corner lets everybody know that you've got a Z9 Plus wrapped around your hardware. Out back, the Z9 Plus is relatively conventional, for a modern mid-tower case. Featuring a 120mm exhaust fan, a pair of watercooling access holes, seven expansion bays with non-replaceable, vented covers and a bottom PSU mount, the rear of the case also sports the same black finish as the rest of the case. Both side panels are secured with thumbscrews for easy access and the PSU can be mounted in either direction.
The front panel is easily removed with a sharp pull on the bottom, allowing access to the bay covers and front fan filter. The only wiring connecting the chassis
to the panel is the power button cable, but Zalman has thoughtfully provided in-line disconnects to make installation easier.