|NZXT LEXA-S Gaming Case LEXS-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 02 December 2009|
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Closer Look: Lexa S Exterior
Like most of Lexa's cases, the Lexa S Mid-Tower computer case has a striking front panel. The case's front door appears to have a matte finish in this image, but it's actually very glossy. Very. Like a black mirror. A matte finish would have been better; the glossy finish is a magnet for dust, fingerprints, and fine scratches.
The glossy black front door is held shut with two rubber-padded magnets. It opens towards the right, revealing four 5.25" drive bays, a single 3.5" drive bay, the power and reset buttons, and, just above the "NZXT" badge, two knobs for the built-in fan controllers.
The I/O ports are on the lower left side of the computer, below the drive door. There are two USB ports (still placed too close together, an all-to-common error on many cases), microphone and speaker ports, and an E-SATA port.
The Lexa S Mid-Tower computer case includes a smoked plastic side window with an integrated 80mm fan. The side window is secured from the inside of the panel, and no fastenings are visible from the outside. The fan is attached with smooth plastic self-locking push-pins. The lack of visible screws, tabs, or other fasteners gives the side door a very clean look.
At the rear of the case we see the space for the bottom-mounted power supply, 7 meshed card slot covers, the area for the motherboard I/O panel, and a 120mm exhaust fan. There are mounting holes for 80mm and 92mm fans if for some reason you'd like to replace the 120mm fan. Just above the fan are two grommeted holes for water cooling hoses.
The top of the case has mounts for two 120mm or 140mm fans. The Lexa S Mid-Tower computer case comes with a white-bladed 140mm fan mounted in the rearmost position. You might think you could mount a dual-120mm radiator here, but as we'll see later, interior clearance issues will render that impossible.
Now let's take a detailed look at the exterior of this case.