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I hate couriers. I hate them. They're late, they don't leave slips if you're not home and they seem to abuse just about everything they deliver. This isn't the first time I've complained about the state of our review samples when they're dropped off and I'm sure it won't be the last, but it's a wonder that any of the samples we receive actually make it to us intact. If the courier is Bobby, then our review sample is Whitney. What? Too soon? Before I'm given my pink slip for that intro, let me introduce you to what arrived in a beaten and battered box all the way from California; the Switch 810 from NZXT. In January, NZXT launched this monster of a case after some entry-level and mid-range offerings to close out 2011. The Switch 810 is a steel, "hybrid full tower" case aimed at the enthusiast crowd. It can house mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards and comes in black or white inside and out. So with my hatred for all things courier set aside, let's dive right in. The majority of the front panel is made up of high gloss plastic while the edges are capped with a rubberized "soft touch" coating that seems to be used more and more on a variety of products. This change in texture offers a bit of contrast and serves to somewhat offset the shininess, which was a nightmare to keep clean of my grubby finger prints.
First seen at CES 2012 several months ago by a lucky select group of people, NZXT has had a large portion of buzz and excitement in its court. Launched the Tuesday after the week of CES this year, the NZXT Switch 810 has already received a lot of good feedback due to its solid construction and its unique feature set that is a mile long. Available in both white and black, the NXZT Switch 810 is a "Hybrid Full Tower" with a staggering amount of room for watercooling (360/420mm radiator up top and 120/240mm radiator support on bottom), an LED-lit rear back panel that illuminates all of the rear I/O ports, two pivoting fans on the hard drive cages to optimize hardware cooling in any configuration, and loads more. The term "hybrid" in NZXT's description of the Switch 810 as a "Hybrid Full Tower" refers to the fins at the top of the case that can be opened and closed to switch between silence and performance. At a retail price of $169.99, the NZXT Switch 810 can be considered, by price comparison, a little higher-end than where the NZXT Phantom currently stands. The Phantom was another NZXT creation that also produced a lot of good feedback — I know I really liked mine.
Given that the component market is saturated with black cases, it can be easy to let your eye linger too long on the few that are another color. But some deserve a longer glance—if not a lingering one—and the NZXT Switch 810 would fall into that category. Beyond its dazzling white-and-black design, this case is notable for its luxurious roominess, its thoughtful layout primed for cooling, and its steep-ish price ($169.99 list). Unfortunately, the case also suffers from some stumbles that keep it from being entirely worth all that money, and that will risk annoying the enthusiasts it's so overtly courting. But for those who want a smart- and unusual-looking case first and foremost, the Switch 810 fits the bill. Sticking with NZXT's slightly more restrained and refined aesthetic, it's big on polygons, with its combination of white steel, white plastic, and black plastic diverging into sharp, angular forms on the front panel and on the side panel's window. The contrast of the colors, which continues inside the case as well, is striking, and something style-conscious builders are sure to appreciate.
Computer cases are an important part of any PC build, as they not only provide cooling for the computer, they are also what users look at every single day. Unfortunately this is exactly why so many manufacturers have trouble making a good computer case: it is remarkably difficult to balance performance and looks without making a case incredibly expensive. NZXT has come out with a new line of cases that they claim should be a great mix of all the best features and requirements including cooling, noise, and appearance. The Switch 810 from NZXT is one of those new cases and today we will be seeing how well it does in each of these categories. The Switch 810 currently retails for $170 on Newegg. The outer box design from NZXT is about what would be expected from any case of this caliber. The package shows all of the important information as well as multiple pictures of the case itself. Of course there is plenty of information about the various features of the Switch 810 as well. The downside is, the case box is somewhat thin and as you can see in the pictures, it got pretty beat up in shipping. The cardboard itself did not stand up well to even a little abuse but hopefully the case itself did better.
We have seen so many full tower cases. This is to accommodate the larger XL-ATX motherboards that we have been seeing lately and just to have the extra room for large liquid cooling setups. One of the most impressive cases we saw this year at CES was the Switch 810 from NZXT. NZXT really took their time designing this case to give you so many different cooling options as well as adding features that are just not on other cases. The case comes equipped with four 140mm cooling fans, room for up to 7 hard drives, support for XL-ATX motherboards, USB 3.0 support and much more. So let's just jump right in and take a look. The Switch 810 full tower case comes in a large box with a photo on the case on the front. On the back there is a complete overview of the case and listing of many of the features. To give you an idea of how the Switch 810 comes and a brief overview of the case check out our video below. The Switch 810 that we received was the white version, but NZXT sells it in black as well. I am a huge fan of white cases and we have seen quite a few lately. White cases really stand out and they will make your components look great inside. This is a full tower case with dimensions of 235 x 595 X 585 mm (W x H x D) and with its steel design it comes in at just about 32 lbs.
Options, folks. That's what NZXT is shooting for with its new full-tower Switch 810 case, which can be configured in a number of different ways to optimize airflow or sound reduction and is equally friendly for air- or water-cooling setups. Available in black or white, the NZXT Switch 810 takes a while to get to know intimately. NZXT built buckets of details into this chassis, and the more you work with it, the more little surprises you find, from fans that rotate and slide, to well-placed LEDs, and the \"hybrid fins” you can use to regulate noise or enhance airflow. For all the nifty extras, the Switch 810 is not based on gimmicks; it's solidly-built, with the specs and features users want in an enthusiast-class case. The chassis is crafted from multiple materials that intermingle freely; for example, sections of the exterior are high-gloss black plastic rimmed by rubberized plastic with metal mesh embedded. It's a risky strategy in terms of aesthetics, but the Switch 810 manages to pull it off in our opinion. The whole case is black inside and out with white fans and LEDs, which is a simple but attractive color scheme.
|NZXT SWITCH 810 BLACK Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$145.46||See it|
|NZXT SWITCH 810 White Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$145.47||See it|
|NZXT - Switch 810 Hybrid Full-Tower Case||$145.98||See it|
|NZXT - Switch 810 EATX/XL-ATX/ATX/Micro ATX/Mini-ITX Hybrid Full-Tower Case||$145.98||See it|
|NZXT Switch 810 Crafted System Cabinet - Full-tower - Black - Steel, Plastic - 10 x Bay - 4 x Fan||$147.36||See it|
|NZXT Switch 810 System Cabinet - Full-tower - White - Plastic, Steel - 10 x Bay - 4 x Fan||$147.36||See it|
|NZXT Technologies Switch 810 Gunmetal Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$152.94||See it|
|NZXT Technologies Switch 810 Matte Black Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$152.95||See it|
|NZXT SWITCH 810 BLACK Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$154.99||See it|
|NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid Full Tower in Gunmetal||$162.99||See it|
|NZXT SWITCH 810 White Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$164.98||See it|
|NZXT Technologies Switch 810 Matte Black Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$169.66||See it|
|NZXT Technologies Switch 810 Gunmetal Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0||$169.66||See it|