Zalman Z11 Plus Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Zalman Z11 Plus Review



The looks of the Zalman Z11 Plus may not be too every ones taste.  If you're one of those who makes up their mind about the inherrent attributes, performance and quality of a case, or any other product for that matter, based soley upon whether you like the aesthetics of it then you're perhaps missing out on a great many treats in life.  If however you're open minded then you might be tempted to read on and see what this case is really all about.

We probably best know Zalman for their range of coolers, however a quick visit to their website will astound you at just how many products they have out there for us to spend our hard earned wedge on. From cases to coolers, Zalman prety much cover the lot.  Start searching the e-tailers and you'll also be pleasantly surprised at how well priced this Zalman kit can be.  Here we take a look at the Z11 Plus case.  A mid-tower case with rather distinctive looks, and what appears to be a pretty reasonable feature set.  Priced at just £50 the Z11 certainly appears to be good value for money, but is there substance as well as style


Technical Specification

Enclosure Type

ATX Mid Tower


260(W) x 498(H) x 525(D)mm




Plastic, Steel

Motherboard Compatibility

Standard ATX / Micro ATX

Power Supply Compatibility

Standard ATX / ATX12V

VGA Compatibility

Full Size (up to 290mm)

Expansion Slot


Drive Bays


External Bay x 4


External Bay x 1, Internal Bay x 5


1 (3in-1)



120mm/140mm Fan Vent x 1 (1 Fan included)


120mm/140mm Fan Vent x 2 (1 Fan included, 1 optional)


120mm Fan Vent x 1 (1 Fan included)


80mm Fan Vent x 2 (2 Fan included)


120mm/140mm Fan Vent x 1 (Fan optional)

I/O Ports

Mic x 1, Headphones x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 2



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Most Recent Comments

05-11-2012, 11:29:34

I like the design of this case and at £50 it's definitely a bargain.Quote

05-11-2012, 12:39:33

Great value for moneyQuote

05-11-2012, 12:58:37

I have the Zalman Z9 Plus and I have to say I love it, its extremely well built for the price and its reasonably quiet and because of that I'm not surprised to see the Z11 Plus scoring well, Zalman do an excellent job on their cases Quote

05-11-2012, 20:52:18

I own this exact case, have had it a fair few months now, switched out the side fans for better and also fitted a fan controller while adding a bottom intake and extra top exhaust, all blue LED fans. My Tunqi tower is a pretty large cooler and in this case there is plenty of space, for the money it's a really good feature case, as mentioned with the ties behind the mobo cable management is easy in this case and the added power extension is very handy, thou I would say now fit that cable before you do anything else or your have minor issues later.

My only gripe thou small is the front panel USB3 I have to route them out the back onto the motherboard connections, I like the case much better than my old one by a long way, I got mine for £45 with P&P it offers as good a set of needs as many £70+ cases and if you buy one your be more than happy with the case for the cash you paid.

I would feel it not only deserves VFM but also a bronze award it's well laid out and you can get plenty inside clean and tidy, it's main downfall for many looking at it is it's front looks, I prefer mine on it's side with the drives popping out over the desk, so I can get inside without the need of moving it an inch.Quote

06-11-2012, 10:46:02

I think the aesthetics are good, looks a bit like Darth Vader.. I would remove the 80mm fans though & not even bother to replace them. Plenty of room for a home server setup, 5 in 3 hot swap in the front, fill the rest full of drives - nice.Quote

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