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Opus TT-501 Titanium Tiny Tower (mATX) Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 26, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Opus Technologies

The Exterior



We'll begin with the front side of the box since that is customary. When we close the covered panels we are left with a clean appearance that doesn't look out of place sitting on any desk (except for maybe the finish, which we'll talk about shortly). It has simple lines and is generally pleasing to the eye.



Toward the top of the enclosure is a small LCD panel. It handles the monitoring of such tasks as hard drive activity, fan speeds and internal temperatures via three thermal probes that can be placed anywhere inside the box. Though they are listed as CPU, Hard Drive and System, the choice is really yours as to where to mount them. While not extraordinary in function, it is a nice touch to have installed on the case as a standard item.



Moving down to the top door panel we see the two optical drive bays. Remember, this is a small design made for the minimal mATX boards so does not have the space for the full compliment of four to five optical drives. The design is for those who hold space at a premium and this Opus case does a fine job of maximizing the space it has available.



Moving on down to the bottom of the enclosure shows us the front mounted I/O ports. Just because we have a smaller than normal design doesn't mean we have to leave out useful options. The default configuration comes with a pair of USB 2.0 ports and audio plugs for headphones and microphone. Also tucked away just to the right of the I/O ports is the reset button for the system.



Closing up the front panels and moving around to the side brings us to the major item of interest with regards to this case, the finish. As designated in the name of the enclosure, the finish has a titanium coating sprayed onto the exterior. To say that it is like a mirror is a no-brainer as you can see by the reflection of the carpet fibers in this photo. Lets take a closer look at the finish to show you what I mean...



While my skills at photography certainly don't do full justice to the sheer brilliance of the TT-501, the detail picked up in the reflection of a small vase shows the details and helps you realize how well done the finish really is. Unlike the mid-size MT-200 with its checkerboard pattern, this model has nothing in the way to mar the beauty of the titanium coating.


As a side note, you should keep in mind that with this shiny coating comes the necessity of having to wipe off fingerprints as they appear, but this is a small price to pay considering the looks you will get when others see your machine.



Sliding around to the back shows what we would expect to see. There isn't a lot of room for imagination here, though, since the enclosure still has to be compatible with current motherboards.



For those who haven't caught on yet, this is the bottom of the case. As you can see for yourselves, the mirror finish goes all the way around. The front and back panels are the only surfaces not treated with the titanium coating. This allows you to set the case down on its side of you prefer to have it in that position without having to hide the base of the enclosure.


I just love it when manufacturers pay attention to details like this.


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