NZXT unveils case without optical bays, limited-edition keyboard


— 9:00 AM on January 14, 2014

CES may be over, but hardware launches keep on coming. This morning, NZXT took the wraps off two new additions to its product line: the H440 case and the Shine 3 mechanical keyboard.

The H440, pictured above in its white and black incarnations, takes an unusual step for an ATX enclosure: it does away with 5.25" bays, instead populating the front entirely with 120-mm fans. (There are three of them in total, plus a 140-mm fan at the back.) The H440 also hides the power supply under a curved shroud, which has holes for cable routing as well as a pair of 2.5" drive bays on its surface.

All told, the H440 has room for two SSDs, four mechanical hard drives (via removable steel trays), and two 360-mm liquid-cooling radiators (one at the top and one at the front). That's in addition to an ATX motherboard and, by the looks of it, a pretty substantial mass of cables. The lack of 5.25" bays means the 3.5" trays are situated higher up than on most cases, and there's more room at the bottom for cable routing.

You should be able to pre-order the H440 from NZXT's online store starting today. The white and black versions both cost $119.

Now, what about that Shine 3 keyboard? It, too, is coming out in white and black, but unlike the H440, it's an "extremely limited" edition that will be available "exclusively" from NZXT's online store (for the somewhat hefty price of $149.99).

Designed in collaboration with Ducky, the Shine 3 features Cherry MX red mechanical key switches, seven backlighting modes, a detachable cable, and a set of DIP switches that let you customize parts of the keyboard's layout. NZXT says it's possible to disable the WIndows key, swap Ctrl and Caps Lock, swap the Windows and Alt keys, and set the keyboard to a mysterious "demo mode."

See the gallery below for more pictures of both the Shine 3 and the H440.

   
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