NZXT has just announced the Phantom, a full-tower case with tons of exciting features that will reach the market in September with a suggested price of USD 140 in the USA. Let’s see whether you should consider buying it or not.
The Phantom will be available in three different colors, black, red, and white. We reviewed the black version.
The reviewed case has a very unique design, getting away from the traditional “black rectangular box.” The left panel, which can be seen removed from the case in Figure 3, has two meshes. The smaller one has two 120 mm rifle bearing fans (part number DF1202512RFLN, also used by SilverStone). Although the brand, “NZXT,” is printed on the fan, the UL registration number resolves to “Xin Changfeng Electronics Co, Ltd.” Both fans come with a three-pin power connector. The big mesh has space for you to install one 200 or 230 mm fan, which is not included with the product. Both meshes feature a washable air filter. The right panel also comes with a ventilation mesh.
The front panel of the NZXT Phantom can be seen in Figure 4. It allows you to install a 140 mm fan on the lower part of the front panel to cool down the hard drives, but unfortunately this fan doesn’t come with the case.
As you can see, the Phantom has a door in front of the 5.25” bays, using a magnetic latch. One of the flaws of this case – at least with the pre-production sample we got – is that the magnet used isn’t strong enough, and the door is relatively heavy. During our review one of the hinges (which are too small and weak, by the way) of this door broke while we were moving the case around, because the door opened during transportation.
The Phantom has five 5.25” bays, all using meshed covers. One of the highlights of this case is the use of small latches on each 5.25” bay cover, making the process of removing and reinstalling these covers a breeze.