Zalman Z11 Neo ATX Case

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Zalman Z11 Neo ATX Case

May 11, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Zalman Z11 Neo
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Price
US$85

Zalman was there at the very beginning when building/modding desktop computers with aftermarket hardware was a niche hobby of geeks (perhaps less so than today). Being so long-lived, over the years their catalogue has swelled to include a bit of everything whether it be cooling products, power supplies, or various accessories.

Zalman also has a healthy range of cases though the brand doesn't carry quite the same panache as Fractal Design, Corsair, BitFenix, SilverStone, or NZXT. Looking through Zalman's current cases, there are no notable common design elements aside from the occasional halfhearted attempt to style a "Z" into the side or front panels. If the lack of a distinct look is part of the problem, their new budget mid-tower, the Z11 Neo, may be part of the solution.


The Zalman Z11 Neo, unboxed.


A closer look.

The Z11 Neo has a distinct exterior design, incorporating both angular and rounded contours. The curved plastic top and front panels bulge out slightly while the edges are slanted and the side window and vents are sculpted to form a less obvious looking "Z". Both the pleasantly beveled window and matte finish exterior surface attract an unusually high amount of dust, while the shiny coin tray at the top is a fingerprint magnet. With a height of 52.0 cm (20.5 inches), it would have been considered tall back in the day. Today, it's about average for an ATX tower, as it follows the increasingly popular trend of including more space at the top for a radiator up to 280 mm in size.

The case ships with five fans, an 120 mm LED model mounted at the top and front, one plain 120 mm variant gracing the back, and strangely, an 80 mm fan installed at the front/bottom of both side panels positioned to blow air out. The top, front, and bottom of the case support an extra fan each, bringing the total possible fan count up to eight. Also inside, you'll find common features like dust filters, removable drive cages, and anti-vibration drive trays. And as 5.25 inch bays continue to wane in popularity, only one is offered on the Z11 Neo, with a sliding cover.


Accessories.

The Z11 Neo's accessories are packed into a nice re-sealable plastic bag and include the usual accoutrement of documentation, zip-ties, and standoffs and screws. It also ships with a single expansion bracket as the ones inside the case are unfortunately disposable... but why did they bother to include just one? They've also thrown in an 8-pin extension cable even though it's probably not necessary given the length of cables provided by most modern PSUs.

Relevant Specifications: Zalman Z11 Neo
(from the product web page)
Case Type ATX Mid Tower Case
Dimensions 205 x 520 x 515mm (W x H x D)
Motherboards Standard ATX / Micro ATX
Power Supply Unit Standard ATX / ATX 12V
PCI / AGP Card Compatibility Full size 270~400mm
Expansion Slots 7 slot
Color Black
Drive Bays 5.25": External Bay x 1
3.5": Internal Bay x 6
2.5”: External Bay x 2
Cooling Components (Fans) Front: 2 x 120mm Fan Vent (1 LED Fan Included)
Rear: 1 x 120mm Fan Vent (1 Fan Included)
Top: 2 x 120/140mm Fan Vent (1 LED Fan Included)
Bottom: 1 x 120/140mm Fan Vent (Fan Optional)
Side: 2 x 80mm Fan Vent (2 Fan Included)
I/O Ports 1 x Microphone, 1 x Headphones, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0


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