Alike the box, the case is just as huge. Being that the Whisper is constructed primarily from steel, the size reflects upon the weight. It comes in at a whopping 12.3 Kg! Therefore it’s certainly not a case you want to be lugging to any LAN.
More obviously, the front sports a hinged door. Fortunately unlike most cases with doors, the hinges on this one are actually very strong as they’re metal – not plastic like most. The triangular centre piece on this door is aluminium which adds a sense of quality, however this doesn’t last long as the actual construction of the door is all plastic – a very flimsy plastic too. Given an accidental kick, this door would easily swing too far and snap. Not good.
Instead of having the standard location of ports on the front of the Whisper, there is a small module atop which when pressed slants upwards to reveal dual USBs, microphone, headphone and an eSATA connection. This is quite a classy idea having the ports atop but even this feels of very poor quality as usually it doesn’t pop up properly and feels flimsy. It may also not be ideal for some users. However those who like ‘different’ will certainly see this gimmick as a pleasing feature. It also keeps the top of the case flush when the ports are not in use.
In terms of buttons and LED’s there is the norm: power and reset switches, power and hard drive activity LED’s. All these bar the reset switch can be accessed even when the door is closed.
Altogether there are seven 5.25” bays from the top. The first of which has a 3.5” bay converter occupying it – this can be removed. At the bottom of the front is a 120mm blue LED fan which draws air into the lower section of the case (more on this later).
To add a bit of flare to the NZXT Whisper, there is a horizontal strip running across the aluminium section of the front facia. This is backlit by blue LED’s to give a cool glow. However in time, this really ends up feeling more and more as an annoyance – especially if you use your PC in the evenings.
Alike the right hand panel, the left too is clean and simple. No windows or oddly placed fan mounts here. Good job.
The rear of the chassis is rather unlike most. Working our way up there is: a bottom mounted power supply, two 80mm fans, two half inch water-cooling outlets, motherboard back-plate and a 120mm fan. The main reason why I’ve used the word ‘unlike’ is the fact there are two 80mm fans. Yes that’s right, two noisy, whiney, and pointless 80mm fans. If this case is about silence, you guys at NZXT ought to ditch these. Other than that, the back of the chassis is fine and it’s good to see that the PSU is bottom mounted – helps to retain rigidness of the case and is easier to deal with cable management.