SUPPLIED BY: NZXT
PRODUCT: NZXT Duet Mid Tower Case
PROD LINK: NZXT’s current offerings.
PRICE: $79.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at time of testing!
Aesthetics (40% of final score): This is one gorgeous case, I must admit. Love the matte black finish on it, and the aluminum front panel actually makes the gray of my TV look tacky in comparison. Man, I need me a plasma, bad. Or a front projector. I’m going take off half a point for leaving that PSU duct beige, give this thing a 9.5, and start saving money now.
Functionality (40%): The rather ingenious PSU mounting system in this case helps it a lot here, as does the two 120mm fan locations that double as extra internal 3.5″ bays. That solid and well built front door also helps. Unfortunately, arriving two standoffs short of a complete full size ATX mounting solution is going to cost it some here. I’ll give it another 9.5.
Value (20%): The Duet is going for $79.99 at NewEgg as I type this. My only thought is, for that kind of money, all the standoffs should have been there with perhaps a few black fan mounting screws thrown in for good measure. But, it’s still not that bad a value, so I’ll give it an 8.
|NZXT Duet – Scoring|
The NZXT Duet is a well built, moderately affordable, compact, and very attractive home theater oriented PC case sure to please anyone looking to build an HTPC. While it does have some minor flaws, I can’t help but be impressed with the design, appearance, and overall solid construction of this case. It’s going to be a part of my home theater for quite some time.
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