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Making A Case for the LAN and Office

Positives And Negatives

Positives

  • Elegant, stylish appearance
  • Excellent workmanship
  • All metal edges inside the case are beveled
  • Built-in system fans
  • Readable display
  • Lightweight (when empty)
  • Great accessories

Negatives

  • Narrow opening in the front panel door
  • No accommodation for full-length expansion cards

Rating

NZXT Lexa
WeightingCategoriesResults Achieved
35%Configuration/Built-ins85%
35%Ergonomics95%
10%Value80%
15%Design95%
5%Service90%
Total Result90%

Conclusion

With its Lexa case NZXT demonstrates that it's possible for a single case to serve the needs of multiple target markets. Its well-executed design enables this midi-tower to work equally well in the office and as a modding platform. The large side window offers lots of room and opportunity for case modders and hardware enthusiasts to express their individuality, and to illuminate the fruit of their efforts with lighted fans. Its carrying strap also makes this lightweight case easy to transport to the next LAN party.

The workmanship on the Lexa is exceptional. All edges inside the case are beveled or rounded off. This eliminates the possibility of cuts and scrapes when installing hardware components. Internal arrangement of components inside the case is also well executed, thanks in large part to the hard drive cage, which swivels 90 degrees to offer easy access when removing or installing drives. The only real downside to this case is that it can't accommodate full-length expansion cards. The opening aperture of the front panel door could be a bit larger, but you can live with it as-is. The NZXT Lexa costs about $140, but its good workmanship and elegant design makes it a good value for the money.