NZXT Lexa S Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-21-2009
Provided by: NZXT

The front of the Lexa S shows the high gloss "piano finish" black plastic door. There are three light bars that are concealed within the shape of the panel, one in the center and two closer to the bottom. The left edge of the front bezel houses two USB, one eSATA, and headphone and microphone jacks. The side panel shows off a clean window installation bereft of rivets or other obvious fasteners. Unlike many of their windows, which are slotted for air intake, the Lexa S window is completely cut out for the side 120mm fan and uses a mesh grill instead. The window itself has a smoke tint, which coupled with the black chassis gives it a stealth appearance while still allowing any interior lighting to be visible.

The rear exhaust fan is also 120mm and is positioned near the top of the case. This puts the power supply opening at the bottom which is becoming a popular choice for many gaming cases. The blacked-out treatment is complete, the entire chassis, interior and exterior panels all receive the same textured black finish. Grommets for water cooling tubing come pre-installed at the top rear of the case. Both left and right side panels are held in place with thumbscrews.

The door hinges are stealthed and the panel is held shut by magnets. It opens to the right and is easy to get a hold of thanks to a small recessed area along the left edge. The reverse side of the door has been finished with a blank panel to hide the LED wiring. Although there's no LCD panel for temperature display, the Lexa S does incorporate dual fan speed controllers. The top panel reveals stamped grills for mounting two 120mm or 140mm fans, one of which is included. The bottom is cut to allow the power supply to draw fresh air from outside the case, assuming it's not set on plush carpet. Although four pedestal feet are present they don't offer a high enough lift to raise the case clear. A mesh filter covers the opening and is easily removable for cleaning.

Continue as we take a look at the interior of the Lexa S.

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