multimedia extension ports review
david, 9 April 2001 (updated 18 June 2001)
Its not everyday
when you can see just anyone come up with an innovative product
to further enhance your usage of your computer, whether for leisure
or for work. By 'innovative' I mean simple things, not those newfangled
hi-tech thingamajigs that you see pop up in stores and in online
shops everywhere. Stuff like the Mouse Bungee from Everglide. Stuff
like the FrontX Multimedia Extension Ports from Frontx CPX Sdn Bhd,
which is on the review block today.
a new product to the market, the FrontX ports have been around for
quite a while. I first read about it on Overclockers Australia.
I then discovered that it was made by a Malaysian company, FrontX
CPX Sdn Bhd to be exact. I thought of buying one, but then I saw
the pricetag: USD 25. Ouch. Then when I visited their website, I
also found out that FrontX CPX supplied review units, if they deemed
fit. What the heck, it deserved a shot. I dropped off an email to
Susan, their friendly Salaes Manager. After a few emails back and
forth, success! The first review unit in the 8BH labs from a manufacturer.
The package arrived roughly 2-3 days after confirmation of shipping.
This review came after a week of usage in my personal setup.
in the package?
thing i must commend FrontX CPX on is their packaging method. The
FrontX Ports came wrapped in foam, sort of like what comes in your
graphics card boxes, expect a much much bigger piece. This ensured
(obviously) that the package arrived safe and unharmed, which is
also a small miracle in itself considering how the Malaysian postal
system *handles* mail.
in the package? Of course the FrontX panel, the cables that run
from your soundcard to the panel, plus a nice detailed manual on
how to install the ports, not that it takes knowledge of rocket
science to install. Still, its a very nice touch to see that manufacturers
actually care enough about their products. To be commended also
is the high standard of English used in the manual. There are quite
a number of hardware manufacturers that produce great hardware,
but have sucky documentation. Also included was the usual brochures
and press releases. Another thing that not many vendors include
in their packages that involve some mounting in CDROM or HDD bays,
are *screws*. Included in the package was 4 screws total, plus the
PCI/ISA slot cover.
& testing the FrontX ports >>