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FrontX Multimedia Ports

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The FRONTX Multimedia Ports
It makes life easier...

By, Jeff Bouton
May 1, 2001

Quality and Installation Of The FrontX Multimedia Ports
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The quality and design of the FrontX Multimedia Ports is excellent.  The unit is both simple and flexible, allowing us to rearrange the positioning of our ports with ease.  Adding an additional component is as easy as removing a blank and sliding the new port in place.  The general construction is sturdy with a solid body and heavy-duty cables.  This unit is definitely built to last for years to come.  The only strike against the FrontX Multimedia Ports is that it would've been nice if they made the plugs at a 90° angle.  Having them at this angle would alleviate the stress on the plugs as well as reduce how much they protrude from the back of the case.  That aside, this is a sweet piece of hardware that deserves a place in any rig.
 

The only two requirements to install the FrontX Multimedia Ports are a spare 5.25" drive bay and a free PCI/ISA opening.   Once the unit is mounted in the bay, the wires are fed through an available PCI/ISA opening in the rear of the case.  The only thing left to do is mount the back plate and plug in the cables.  That's it.  You're ready to rock. 

I particularly like the headphone feature that makes a headphone jack out of a standard speaker port without losing the port in the rear.  When the headphones are plugged in, the speakers are automatically cut off.  This feature is especially helpful for those who have fairly basic sound cards that don't offer a headphone jack. 

Some people may feel that running all of this cabling through their rig is going to take up valuable air space, having a negative affect on good airflow.  I didn't find this to be the case at all.  The FrontX Multimedia Ports provides ample length on all of its cable.  Using a few zip ties and some plastic hooks, I had no problem neatly bundling the cables and anchoring them on the edge of my case out of the airflow.  Once this was done, the FrontX Multimedia Ports was installed with minimal impact on the space in my box.

 


 


In a nutshell, the FrontX Multimedia Ports is an excellent product.  Now that I have one installed in my rig, you'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands to get it out.  The ease of installation and the convenience of having our sound and game ports moved forward is priceless.  To top it all off, FrontX charges around $25 for the base unit.  If you want to add additional ports, it'll cost you under $10 including FedEx shipping!  For quality, ingenious design, and for making my computing life a whole lot easier, I give the FrontX Multimedia Ports a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of?
 


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