NZXT S340 Elite Final Thoughts
The NZXT S340 is one of the best mid-tower computer cases for the price. With the S340 Elite, it brings over the same features along with VR capabilities and a beautiful tempered glass side panel. Smaller features, like the removable dust filter for the power supply, the cable clamping system, and the side mounted SSD bracket, are great features to have as well. A few things I would like to see improved on the next version are a dust filter for the top fan, room for a 240mm radiator at the top, and an adjustable fan mounting system. This way, the user can adjust how high or how low they want their fans to be. I am impressed with the S340 Elite overall and look forward to seeing what NZXT has to offer in their next version of the S340.
The Internal USB Hub is a great additional accessory for any computer case that lacks external USB ports. It has three internal USB 2.0 headers along with two external USB 2.0 ports. This is great for liquid coolers, fan controllers, and lighting solutions like the NZXT HUE+. A SATA power cable would have been a better choice to power the hub instead of a four pin Molex. If you are in the market for more internal USB ports, the NZXT Internal USB Hub may be your solution.
NZXT S340 Elite Conclusion
When it comes to performance, the S340 Elite does well in this category. The rear and the top of the case include two pre-installed 120mm fans. The top does support up to a 140mm fan and the front supports up to a 280mm radiator. I personally would have liked to see support for a 240mm radiator at the top along with a dust filter. If there was support for a 280mm radiator at the top, that would be even better. Do keep in mind that large CPU coolers, like the Noctua NH-D15 and the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, will not fit. The S340 series only support CPU coolers up to 161mm in height. However, I do like the easily removable dust filter for the power supply when compared to the previous S340.
Appearance is nothing more than personal preference. Even with its simple and elegant design, the S340 Elite looks great with its matte black finish and the large tempered glass side panel. The tempered glass side panel makes the S340 Elite a great case to show off all of your expensive gear. Since the finish is no longer glossy, the matte finish will not attract dust and finger prints as easily.
The S340 Elite feels solid all around. This is because it maintains the same steel construction as the previous S340. The tempered glass side panel does enhance durability when attached to the case. I enjoy having the cable clamps as they are easy to work with. They do feel somewhat flimsy, so I am not sure how long they will last. Even if they do fail, there are plenty of cable tie-down points throughout the rear of the motherboard tray for cabling.
In terms of functionality, the S340 Elite does well in this category. I like the improved power supply dust filter and the side mounted SSD bracket. With the large tempered glass side panel, it makes sense to have a side mounted SSD. The extra HDMI port, USB ports, and the magnetic cable puck makes this case perfect for VR. It does not necessarily have to be for VR, but you can purchase the S340 Elite just for its extra features. The separately sold Internal USB Hub does exactly what it should as well. Computer users finding the need for more internal USB ports may find the Internal USB Hub useful as it allows for more expansion, which is especially useful for mini-ITX cases.
As of October 2016, the NZXT S340 Elite priced online for $99.99 (Amazon | Newegg). The NZXT Internal USB Hub is currently available online for $24.99 (eBay). At this price, the S340 Elite is one of the cheapest computer cases with a tempered glass side panel. If tempered glass and VR is something you are looking forward to, the S340 Elite is a great option to look at. The NZXT S340 series is a very successful line of computer cases, so I believe the Elite can take this series another step forward.
+ Tempered glass side panel
+ Great cable management system
+ Simple and elegant exterior design
+ Captive thumbscrews on side panels
+ Removable dust filters for easy cleaning
+ Front HDMI and additional USB ports for VR
– No tool-less mounting mechanism for HDD/SSD
– Cable clamps could be improved for better durability
– Cannot support CPU air coolers over 161mm in height