Latest NZXT case has Star Wars vibe

The folks at NZXT have parted with their previous stylistic influences with the new Phantom case, which we got a chance to see last week at Computex. Unlike some previous NZXT designs, the Phantom doesn’t have a jaged front bezel or an overabundance of lights and other assorted bling. This latest enclosure probably has more in common with Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars:

That’s the top of the enclosure you see there, with some I/O ports on the left and a series of little sliders that control fan speeds on the right. You can view more pictures of the Phantom in our image gallery below. (By the way, NZXT wouldn’t let us take shots with the side panel off, but the white paint job extends to the inside.)

NZXT has implemented a neat little locking mechanism that should keep USB devices connected to the front panel from being tampered with. You can see pictures in the gallery below, but essentially, the lockable door below the 5.25" bays has a little slit at the bottom with room for just cables—but not whole USB plugs, so connected devices are essentially tied to the system.

The Phantom should retail for around $150. NZXT plans to offer variants with red and black color schemes, too.

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    • aces170
    • 9 years ago

    Ugh… Fugly…

    • internetsandman
    • 9 years ago

    I think this is one of those cases that you gotta see in person, and only then will you truly love it or hate it. Especially right now, with no internal (or even rear) pictures, it’s really hard to tell if this case truly justifies it’s price tag, but it seemed good during video shoots in NZXT’s room at Computex

    • rhysl
    • 9 years ago

    pics doesnt show the real case I think .. where are rear pics ?..

    I like the White PSU on the desk there..

    • PainIs4ThaWeak
    • 9 years ago

    Kinda had me interested when I saw the top of it (reminded me of those old Ventus cases) — but eh… the pictures of the rest of it…. meh :\ I’ll pass.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    This just in: NZXT case is huge, hiddeous

      • Skrying
      • 9 years ago

      My exact thoughts.

        • Thebolt
        • 9 years ago

        Agreed, this thing sucks. Also, I don’t have any usb devices(barring an old joystick) that cannot be unplugged on the device end as well. Their USB lock would protect the cable from theft I suppose. Kind of a worthless feature in any case.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Outside the color scheme, I fail to the see the Stormtropper reference.

      • wibeasley
      • 9 years ago

      The corners and flat panels resemble them. The corners aren’t quite sharp edges -they’re softened. The panels aren’t exactly flat planes -they’re slightly curved. It looks like the same kind of slightly flexible plastic too (like modern car bumpers).

      But I haven’t seen any Star Wars movies since the 1990s, so I could be remembering things incorrectly.

    • mattthemuppet
    • 9 years ago

    duh duh duh duh de duh. DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DE DUH. <explosion then heavy breathing>

    can’t get that bloody music out of my head now

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Is this a fulltower?.. There’s no winodow at the side right?.. That’d be a waste of the white internal… And for that pricethere’s no chance that i’d mod a window myself…

    • GodsMadClown
    • 9 years ago

    These isn’t the case I’m looking for.
    You can go about your business.
    Move along.

    • StuG
    • 9 years ago

    I feel like I would have to see one in person to really get a feeling for if it looks amazingly stupid or pretty good.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 9 years ago

    It’s looks like a quality build…but then only imperial stormtroopers are so precise. NZXT cases continue to improve; I’ve liked the look of their Panzerbox and Vulcan for small builds, and I’ll be curious about the reviews on The Phantom.

    • TheEmrys
    • 9 years ago

    Isn’t it a little short for a stormtrooper?

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      What? Oh, the front-panel door…

      • jpostel
      • 9 years ago

      I LOLed

      “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

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