Case manufacturers are becoming aware that dingy grey interiors are not the way forward and so full back exteriors and interiors are a much more common site. This is so with the NZXT Beta and in this respect is definitely gets one over the Antec Two Hundred.
In terms of the layout itself, it’s typical of numerous other cases on the market without any real innovations. In its defence, a £35-£40 case is going to have limitations in the extent to which it can offer something new and exciting and so we can’t be too critical in this department. Still, there are a few features that could have been easily implemented; if not a full blown removable motherboard tray, a cut-out for attaching the back plates of CPU coolers – without requiring motherboard removal – is an easy alternative.
The drives are all stored above one another behind the front bezel; four 5.25”, each with meshed covers, are in place at the top. Below this is a single 3.5” bay but there’s not an opening at the front; it’s as though NZXT have taken an OEM case, fitted a new front panel but then not taken the time to make sure everything matches up.
The whole front panel can be pulled off revealing the external drive bays and the 120mm intake fan which sits directly in front of the hard drive slots. The front 120mm fan also has blue LEDs which emit light through the air vents. LEDs are typically a love/hate topic; personally I’m not a big fan but it depends on which side of the line you sit.
Whilst on the subject of cooling, the NZXT Beta includes just a single 120mm intake fan which is a very bare minimum in terms of cooling. There’s numerous mounts and room for extra fans to be fitted at the sides and on the back but surely at least one exhaust should have been fitted as standard?
Finally, taking a quick look at the PCI slot covers, reveals that they are not only replaceable after installing and removing a PCI device but are also perforated to allow for extra airflow.