Getting inside the Bravo is much like opening up any other case. Each side panel is secured with two thumb screws, and the front panel can be pulled off using the grip at the bottom.
The front panel features a removable dust filter and a socketed cable for the power and reset buttons—a first for any case I've used. This socket makes it easy to remove the front panel without bringing a bundle of cabling with it.
Upon opening the Bravo, I found a box twist-tied to the motherboard tray. This box contained the owner's manual, five 2.5" drive trays, and all of the hardware needed to install a system in the Type-01. XFX has marked each bag with its own screw type label, which is a helpful touch.
This box was sitting on the PSU mount. The PSU is mechanically isolated from the rest of the system by a foam gasket on the rear wall of the case and four rubber feet on the bottom. You can also see the full-length dust filter that resides on the floor of the case here.
Though it looks a little unusual, aesthetically speaking, the Type-01 Bravo's motherboard tray is actually pretty typical of modern enthusiast cases. A cut-out sits behind the CPU socket, and rubber-grommeted holes surround the motherboard. Some of those holes are positioned specifically for micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, so they'll be inaccessible with an ATX mobo in the case. Standoffs aren't pre-installed as they are in some other cases I've used, but that's hardly a big deal. (I installed them before taking these pictures.)
Also inside the Bravo are three tool-free 5.25" bays and eight 2.5"/3.5" tool-free drive sleds. The upper five 2.5"/3.5" bays can be converted into dedicated 2.5" bays by removing a pair of thumbscrews, sliding the rear panel of the storage cage out of the case, and reinstalling this panel on the appropriate pair of guide rails.
Converting the upper drive bays to 2.5" units makes more room for super-long graphics cards, as well.
The Bravo has only two included fans: a 200-mm intake at the front of the case and a 140-mm exhaust at the rear. Happily, there are mounts for five more fans: one 120- or 140-mm spinner up top, three 120-mm fans on the left side vent, and another 120- or 140-mm fan on the floor of the case.
While many modern cases have provisions for 240-mm radiators, the Type-01 Bravo does not. There's one 120/140-mm radiator mount at the top and another one at the rear—and that's it. The lack of 240-mm radiator support puts this enclosure at a disadvantage compared to other enthusiast cases. Even Corsair's mini-ITX Graphite Series 380T can swallow a 240-mm radiator, and the larger Obsidian 450D, which sells for about the same price as the Type-01 Bravo, has room for a hulking 360-mm unit.
One other annoyance I should note is the type of thumb screw used inside the Bravo. The ridges on these screws are pretty sharp, and I found that most of the thumb screws were way too tight to turn by hand out of the box. I had to reach for a screwdriver to get anything done inside the case, at least to start with.
Next, I'm going to gird the Bravo with some high-performance components for our testing gauntlet.