Your computer components require a spot where they can be fastened together in a safe and secure manner. It needs a strong base together with ample amount of room for the parts to work properly and effectively.
Computer parts are often vulnerable and they require a kind of protection thus this is where a computer case comes in. You need a fitted PC case for your desktop computer’s parts, something that will easily hold all of them and at the same time, provide great air circulation.
For this article, we are going to review Zalman’s Z1 Neo ATX Mid Tower PC Case (Amazon link). Let us discuss whether this product has all it takes to be a part of your desktop ensemble.
- Includes 1 external 5.25-inch bay, 1 internal 2.5-inch bay, 4 internal 3.5-inch bay
- Compatible with ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
- Includes front panel USB 3.0 ports
- Has maximum video card length of 14.76 inches
- Has power supply compatibility with standard ATX / ATX 12V
- Has PCI-E/AGPE Card compatibility up to full size 270-400 mm
- Includes 1 microphone, 1 headphone, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 slots
- Has 7 expansion slots
The Zalman Z1 Neo is a case with a solid build, with the plastic segments of the case at the front and top sculpted well. It does not feel vulnerable or weak.
The case has plenty of space to spare however there are only two 5.25-inch drive bays and two 3.5-inch drive bays with two tool-free brackets for the hard drive. The paint job is flawless and solid as well.
This is a case with a great design; its dark side panel and vent ring, which is located at the top vent, complements with the overall black color of the case. It has blue LEDs which do not overpower the case.
You can also see the USB ports in the dark easily due to the presence of blue LEDS beneath.
As mentioned before, the item has two 5.25-inch drive bays located at the top of the case in front. The trays for these items can be taken away but they felt weak somehow.
The top 5.25-inch has a punch out for the 3.5-inch device, for example, a card reader, disk drive or a fan controller. This punch-out metal does not have any sharp edges unlike cheaper ones, which is good. We did not have any problems with the 3.5-inch bays.
The drive mounts towards the back with the SATA connectors opposite the shroud that can be seen from the case’s open side. There is enough room for a straight SATA data cable too.
The case includes a 2.5-inch SSD mounting located on the motherboard tray, which is convenient. The power supply mounts on the other side positioned at the back of the shroud.
There is enough room for a sizable power supply too. The bottom meanwhile has some sturdy plastic feet meant for raising the case by a good .75 inches.
Another convenience comes in the form of a removable filter for the fan of the power supply. The five fans included by the company shift a little amount of air with minimal noise.
There is no available allocation for the fan speed control though but there is a ring provided at the top portion of the case that can be taken away to allow an increase in air circulation.
The window is effective in displaying the good parts while hiding all cables close to the hard drives. The mesh that was located up front does not conceal the light from the LED fans, which is another plus.
The DVD drive merges well with the front segment of the case. The case also includes a support for bigger GPUs to keep the weight from causing any damage to the motherboard.
There were complaints from customers regarding the model. The front panel was hard to remove completely in order to install additional fans while the top panel is nearly impossible to remove.
The H60 CPU cooler was also a challenge to mount a radiator since the radiator has to be positioned upside down in order to fit and this can interfere with the GPU.
The Zalman Z1 Neo ATX Mid Tower PC Case (Amazon link) is a solid piece of work and this will be good for individuals who want to create their first PC.