Installation for the Lexa S was pretty simple and I didn’t encounter any major problems. Starting out with the power supply, we found it to have a snug fit into the case.
Installing the motherboard standoffs was somewhat annoying. I first thought that they were the wrong size because they weren’t going in very easily. After a while of trying to get one in, I realized the problem was the coating on the interior of the case. It appears to have been added after the screw holes were drilled, leaving some of the paint in the standoff holes. It took some time, but I eventually got all of the motherboard standoffs in place and installed the motherboard.
Once you install the motherboard you can easily install a CPU cooler or change one with the large hole in the back of the motherboard tray. This comes in handy for someone like me who changes their CPU cooler often, but unfortunately my case doesn’t have this option.
Expansion cards are easy to install, but do not have any tool-free design implemented on them. A simple screw will allow you to slide out the expansion slot covers and install a card.
The hard drive rail system for this case seems to be typical to any other case, except for the rails appearing to be installed backwards. NZXT however recommends installing them with the connections in the rear of the hard drive cage to provide better airflow and cable management, hence why they’ve added all the loops on the front and back of the motherboard tray.
Removing the front panel reveals that there are no metal brackets in the bays to remove, but rather just the foam covered black wire mesh bay covers.
Removing the front panel also makes it a lot easier to remove the bay covers and install an external drive. You secure the drive by using the thumbscrews provided with the case. Two thumbscrews seem to secure the drive nicely, but if you want to be extra secure add the two extras on the opposing side, since you’ll have it open anyways to install your hard drive.
Once you get everything installed you’ll have a lot of options to manage your cabling, but we’ll give you the chance to figure that out for yourself.
The case does look pretty nice when the LEDs and the LED fan light up.
Jan 27, 2015 0