FrontX CPX Multimedia Ports Review
For those of us who are perpetually pulling out cords from
the dark recesses of our computers, this 'extension cord' for audio and joystick
sockets is a blessing. Essentially what the FrontX ports do, is move all
the audio ports, and joystick port to the front of the computer, and hide them
in a discreet 5.25" bay. Easy to access, and gone at a moments notice, let's
take a closer look to see if the unit is as good as the idea is...
The multimedia unit comes with the following
- Rear speaker connector
- Made by FrontX
- Cost: $25 (including
The multimedia ports are dropped into a an empty 5.25" bay. The cables are
drawn through the inside of the case towards a free slot in the rear - typically
next to a sound card. The terminating ends of the audio/game jacks are brought
outside the case by a special slot cover with an embedded rear speaker jack. The
connectors are plugged into to their respective jacks, and the special notched
slot cover screwed in. And... that's it, close up the case and enjoy the
convenience of easy port access.
There is a jack on the back of the special slot cover which allows a speaker to
be plugged in from the rear if required. When head phones are plugged into the
front port, the connection to the speakers is automatically closed. So for those
late night Quake III fest's, the blasting sounds can quickly be moved from your
speakers to your headphones.