In the lab: NZXT's Manta Mini-ITX case

NZXT's Manta case caught our attention a couple months back with its curvy exterior panels and atypically large footprint for a Mini-ITX case. We've got a Manta in our labs now, and we can see why there's a lot of buzz around this enclosure. The curved metal panels (and window, no less) are quite unlike anything we've seen in a case before. The power button and front I/O ports even follow the curve of the top panel, as well. Slick.

What pictures and specs can't tell you is how solid the Manta feels in person. Its panels all fit together with Lexus-like precision, and there's nary a bit of flex in the top, front, or sides of the chassis. NZXT throws in some nice extras, too, like an LED-backlit PSU shroud inlaid with the company's logo and LED illumination for the back I/O panel. All of those characteristics are reassuring, considering the Manta's $140 price tag. We'll be putting this case to the test soon to see whether it's worth all that scratch.

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