XFX Type 01 Bravo Reviewhornybluecow - March 27, 2014
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XFX Type 01 Bravo Closer Look:
Taking off the front panel takes a bit of work, and once off, you have to make sure to disconnect the power button and lights before pulling it too far away from the chassis. Once removed, you can see the pre-installed 200mm fan. At this point you can install a drive in the 5.25" bay, which is easier than holding down the bay door and installing a drive.
On top of the chassis, down the center, is a set of USB and audio ports one can expect to see in just about every computer on the market today. XFX took a different approach and instead of putting them on the front or facing forward, they are placed neatly down the center, which fits the Bravos grated look. Inside the chassis you can see below how the cables come out the center and has just enough space to clear without blocking the top 5.25" bay.
During my first few minutes after unboxing I noticed that the back piece of the top panel was loose. Further investigation revealed that it wasn't a loose screw, but it was broken. While I believe this damage came this way, I did manage to break another piece while moving it around. Since this chassis has no easy way to be moved, and old habitats of carrying by holding the top, it is obvious that the plastic is not strong enough to hold its own weight. The only option is to pick up the chassis and hold it from the bottom.
Below you can see a clear view of the chassis doing what it does best; looking like a dated computer chassis and hidden bays. Now this isn't a bad thing, just more of something different from the competition.
Inside the chassis was a box that included all the accessories. In the box was a manual, screws, 2.5" tool-less bays (covered later) and a bay faceplate for a 3.25" device.