|Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 20 January 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The way a case looks is one of the most important factors when deciding on which product to purchase. If the case does not look good, many people pass it up without even considering how good the features are. Zalman is known for making attractive cooling solutions, hopefully they bring that elegance and style to their line of computer chassis as well.
Above we see the Zalman Z9 Plus at an angle from the front and left side. It has a very sleek black look to it, and it crosses between professional and exciting. The black paint on it is matte, with some shiny accents to give it a very nice style without being too flashy or gaudy. It is easy to see from the beginning that Zalman put considerable effort into making this case look good.
A shot of the front of the case shows a grilled front panel to allow proper airflow in and out of the Z9 Plus. Notice the "Z" built into the design of the case. I thought that was a very nice touch. On the very top is the power button, and below that you can see the I/O port. Under that are 3 more 5.25" sized expansion bays, and one external 3.5" bay. We will discuss those features later on.
This is the rear of the Z9 Plus. A 120mm fan is pre-installed in the rear of the case, and Zalman also included grommets on the rear for a water cooling setup. You can also see the 7 PCI expansion slots, and the rear mounting power supply opening.
Showing a top-down view of the case lets us see the Zalman logo where there is a little "tray" of sorts seemingly to store your phone, keys, etc. Also shown in this photo is the top grill for the one included 120mm Blue LED fan. Another 120mm or 140mm fan can be installed on the top for up to two 120mm or 140mm fans total. This entire top part can be removed to get to the fans for cleaning and maintenance. Follow the article to the next page to take a look at some of the more detailed exterior features of the Z9 Plus.