Cubitek Tattoo ProNov 15th, 2011 | By Simon
As the product description suggests, the Tattoo Pro has a black exterior and interior. On the front there is a very streamlined look with what appears to be five 5.25″ external drive bays. At the bottom of tower we see the Cubitek logo and on both top and bottom we have what would appear to be a couple red LEDs. Also found at the bottom is a very well hidden fan filter for the 140mm fan. The grill can be popped out by grabbing hold of it by the sides.
The individual drive covers can be popped out by squeezing the sides. I’ve removed the first three to show that the top bay is reserved for a 3.5″ should you be interested in installing one up there. A 5.25″ drive is not possible because of the top I/O. Each of the lower 5.25″ bays have a protective metal cover that can be peeled away. I’ll admit this is more work than I like as it reminds me of the old thick steel cases back in the 90′s.
Rotating the case, on one side we have a large window to view the internals of your system. At the bottom left we have what appears to be the making of another tattoo design. On the opposite side we have a plain steel side with the same tattoo design at the bottom corner.
At the rear of the case we can see the bottom mount PSU, a complete set of expansion slots, two rubber lined hoses for water cooling systems and the back of a 120mm fan.
The top of the case has a control panel with the power, reset button along with the usual USB, eSATA, headphone and microphone ports. Unique to Cubitek is the on/off button for the red lighting system. Also on the top of the case is a small top panel tray for odds and ends, a good place for your phone, keys, wallet, etc. A micro-USB cord is very convenient for charging your mobile device. Just past the top panel tray is another 140mm fan. The fan is covered by a removable filter that pulls out very easily. It’s basically held in place with 2 tabs. One thing I did not like with this setup is how the fan is not screwed into place. Tattoo’s design relies on the pressure of the filter to hold the fan in place. Since the filter is snapped into place, this isn’t a terrible design but 4 screws would have given me a lot more comfort that the fan won’t vibrate and cause excessive noise.
The bottom of the case isn’t too special. We can see four hard plastic feet and another perforated section for the PSU fan. I’m disappointed that the feet are made from such a hard material as it offers no vibration dampening.
With the exterior well covered, let’s start opening up the case.