TTGI TT-301, Continued
At the bottom of the front bezel are two USB 2.0 ports as well as audio and a single 1394 port. These ports are readily accessible due to the fact that they have no door covering them. They use a combination of USB cables that can be plugged into the motherboard as well as two audio cables and a 1394 cable that must be plugged into the rear of the case. TTGI includes a modified slot cover with cutouts to assist in getting these cables out the back of the case to be plugged in. We are somewhat puzzled by TTGI's choice not to include connections for the audio and 1394 to the motherboard, as many motherboards, including our test board, have that capability.
A close-up of the front mounted port configuration of the TT-301.
TTGI includes some cable routing help in the form of plastic self-stick clips that can be attached to the case to assist in neatly routing your cables through the case. While the bottom drive bay makes the case somewhat cramped, TTGI offers a way to hide your cables from view by running them from behind these drive cages. Depending on your system configuration, you may or may not wish to remove the hard drive bay that is located at the bottom front of the TT-301. Removal of this bay is easily done by unscrewing the three included thumb screws and simply pulling the bay out of the case.
Overall, the TT-301 is a nice case and is easily a good choice for enthusiasts. As stated above, though, the lack of a side panel window is somewhat unfortunate considering the low price of this case it is understandable. Still, the TT-301 is a solid case and well worth your consideration if you are looking for a high-end aluminum chassis. The TT-301 does so many things right it is difficult not to be impressed with its quality. For the price, we have no problem in recommending the TT-301 for purchase, as overall it had scores that were among the best in our review.