XFX Type 01 Bravo Case Review
Date: February 15, 2014
Product Name: Type 01 Bravo
Part Number: TY-PE1B-3000
Warranty: 1 Year
XFX is known for a lot of things from gaming peripherals to video cards, two areas where they have excelled but no one expected their next move to be towards the enclosure market. The Type 01 Bravo has really come out of nowhere and is a case which XFX hopes will cement their place among other “all inclusive” companies like EVGA and Corsair.
The Type 01 is a mid-tower case with some pretty hefty aspirations. While we can’t classify this as a full-tower case, XFX has upsized its exterior dimensions in comparison to other mid-towers even though it doesn’t have all that much interior space. Pricing is also quite ambitious at $129, which puts the Type 01 Bravo up against some entrenched competition like Corsair’s Carbide, Fractal’s Define series, Cooler Master’s Scout 2 and even certain basic full towers.
As more companies cross the lines from their traditional markets into relatively unknown territory in an effort to find new areas of profit, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of enclosures available to gamers. This also means newcomers like XFX have to come up with some unique features to differentiate themselves. The Type 01 Bravo does this in a number of ways, primarily by using an interesting looking exterior design.
With a floating base, curved top housing, full-height side and front grilles, hidden drive doors and a great looking red aluminum accent strip, XFX certainly wins points in the style department. There are also nearly invisible power and reset buttons, strategically placed dust filters and a side opening which is perfectly located for additional intake fans. Unfortunately, there’s a whole lot of plastic here and the top ports aren’t well placed for convenience.
While the Type 01 Bravo’s exterior has plenty of appeal, the real success or failure of XFX’s first outing into the case market will be determined by its interior. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a mixed bag. There’s a front 200mm intake fan which can be replaced with dual 120mm units and an included rear 140mm fan but there really isn’t any place for dual fan radiators, even of the AIO variety. That’s a major miss considering nearly every other enclosure at this price point has some form of enthusiast water cooling compatibility.
Other than a lack of extensive water cooling options, there are the usual tool less drive mechanisms, SSD support in an adaptable drive cage, cable tie mounts and routing grommets. This all adds up to a relatively good interior design for anyone using air cooling, particularly if you’re looking for a clean build.
Take a look at our full review in the video above.