The NZXT S340 is what could be called the holy grail of PC cases. From the looks to the really competitive price tag, you could possibly see why. At the time of release, side panel windows were only just becoming a thing, however the side panel isn’t tempered glass, so you can easily scratch the window with even your nails. There is ample cable management, which is really needed if you want to show off your parts through the side panel. This is my first time going into PC building, and I strongly believe this case has made building it much easier. Aesthetics is quite clearly the name of the game here.
Firstly, before I jump to aesthetics, the stand off screws for the motherboard are already inserted, so all you have to do is match it up and screw in the included case screws. The case is surrounded by thumb screws, making it more convenient not needing a screwdriver if you want to take off the side panel or back panel. The power supply is cleanly covered by a shroud, making cable management much easier, as you can leave your cables there instead of having them on display.
On the top there is a 120mm exhaust fan, which I found to be not necessary since I am only running an i3 6300. You will find 2 USB 3.0 ports, along with microphone, HDD LED, and 3.5mm headphone jack, the latter of which is becoming very rare. The side panel, is beautifully put in place, but it is a shame it is not made of tempered glass. There aren’t any rubber grommets, so instead there is a metal plate for routing cables to the back, which I personally prefer. This is aesthetically pleasing, with a steel white not picking up fingerprints. There is no reset switch, for those that are wondering.
Availability And Specifications
The S340 by NZXT is available at a very budget friendly price of £60/$95. You can easily purchase them from Amazon here:
Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2gu4nAM
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2fIRUry
The specifications are obviously quite important when it comes to buying a PC case, so I’m just going to note that the height listed is a centimetre or so above the listed specification:
|Item Weight||7 Kg|
|Product Dimensions||44.5 x 20 x 43.2 cm|
|Item model number||CA-S340W-W1|
|Form Factor||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
Pros And Cons
- Top class aesthetics
- Nice side panel window
- Ample cable management
- Included fans
- Power supply shroud
- SSD’s are visible
- Thumb screws are included
- The side panel scratches really easily
- The PSU dust filter isn’t magnetic, so the end hangs off
With the NZXT S340, I cannot stress how much you are getting for your money. Aesthetically, this challenges cases from even today, and this was the case that started the side panel trend. I would undoubtedly recommend this case for uyou if your looking for a solid case under the £60 price range. If you don’t plan to remove the side panel all of the time, then the acrylic side panel shouldn’t be an issue to you. NZXT have done a great job with this case.