Cougar MX300 Reviewhornybluecow - April 7, 2014
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Cougar MX300 Closer Look:
Taking off the front panel was one of the easiest I've come across so far. Simply grab the bottom and pull, but make sure not to pull too far out, because all the I/O ports are connected to it. I wish companies would not do this as it has a high potential to cause someone problems. Once removed, you can see the top 5.25" bay used for the cable routing, which leave a total of two usable bays. Below that, is an extended dust filter, covering up to two 120mm fans. The fans themselves would be installed to the dust filter, so you don't need long M3 screws to mount them. While this isn't a big deal, just keep in mind the fans will have to be removed before cleaning the filter completely.
Cougar takes the traditional route and puts the I/O ports on the front of the chassis. Looking from left to right, there is a small square reset button that also acts as a hard drive access light, which glows orange when in use. Next, the middle includes a USB 2.0, headphone jack, mic jack, and finally a single USB 3.0 port. At the end is a rectangle power button that is a bright white light when the computer is on.
The top also has a hidden section, which can be accessed by grabbing the opening in the back and lifting it up. Underneath, you will find a dust filter that is held in place by magnets, which was something a bit different than the usual. As I explained before, it's very unlikely a radiator can be installed on top because it will hit the motherboard VRM heatsinks. Fans, on the other hand, can be installed even with a large CPU cooler.
Inside the chassis was a box, which included all the accessories. In the box was a manual, screws, and a face-plate for a 3.25" device. The manual itself was detailed enough and included a blow-out diagram, depicting all the parts in the chassis.