NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Review

I’m a practical guy. While I have nothing against a little razzle-dazzle like flashy LEDs and sci-fi designs, aesthetics take a back seat to function for me. NZXT embraces the concept of practicality by cramming more features into its Switch 810 hybrid full tower chassis than you’d think possible.

A modest tower, the Switch 810 exudes humility with its clean lines, no-nonsense design, and classy details, much like a well-tapered business suit. But, not unlike Optimus Prime, there’s more to this chassis than meets the eye.

The Switch 810 comes in two flavors: a stylish white on black, reminiscent of Aperture Science labs from Portal, or a more classic black on black. My taste prefers the timeless quality of the latter, but more adventurous enthusiasts have the bolder option at their disposal.

An ample acrylic side window offers a clear view of your interior components, which will be clearly visible thanks to this case’s excellent cable management options.

Poking around at the 810′s exterior begins to expose hidden treats: a flip-up cover reveals two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card reader, all readily accessible at the case’s front. Also behind this cover is a button that turns on a rear LED that illuminates the I/O — no more fumbling around in the dark to get that USB in the right way.

Another front panel pops off to reveal a hot swap hard drive tray — although on closer inspection, two screws anchor the tray in place from the inside, making the moniker “hot swap” a little misleading, given you have to open up the case to get to it.

Interior

The side panels are anchored with three thumbscrews, although the center screw needn’t be completely removed; simply loosen it and push it down against an internal spring to release the side panel. I really liked this mechanism — a little too much, in fact, because I accidentally broke it. A slender piece of plastic keeps the mechanism aligned with the spring, and it snapped within a couple uses. While I can still operate it as a standard thumbscrew, a more durable material would have been appreciated.

With the thumbscrews removed, the side panel was a little difficult to pop off, even after repeated usage, but we’ve now arrived at the 810′s roomy interior. It supports a wide range of motherboard sizes, and there’s plenty of headroom from the motherboard to the top of the case. The nine expansion slots should be more than you’ll ever need.

The 810 supports a bottom-mounted power supply — a must in my books — and it accommodates even the longer PSU models. The interior is a dream to work with, focusing on a tool-less design with a bounty of thumbscrews and plastic pull-out trays for the hard drives.

A whopping ten grommets made of durable plastic for cable management keep your interior tidy, with ample room to fit your wires behind the motherboard. A fan connection behind the motherboard plate can power six fans with just one ATX connector.

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