AZZA Toledo 301 Mid-Tower Case

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Product: AZZA Toledo 301 Mid-Tower Case
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Introduction:

Today we are going to take a look at a case from AZZA - the Toledo 301 mid-tower case. AZZA manufactures cases and power supplies. Their mission statement is simple: Your satisfaction is our success.

Box
Box
In The Box
In The Box

 

First Impression:

The AZZA Toledo 301 is packaged as you would expect in the standard cardboard box surrounded by some Styrofoam and in a plastic bag. As you can see from picture, UPS delivered it and they put the packaging to the test. After removing it from all the packaging, the first thing I noticed was its aggressive styling. The Toledo 301 has a saw tooth design when you look at it from the side. It is very much like the louvers you see on some custom cars. It give the Toledo a Transformer'ish look.

Front Top
Front Top
Front
Front
Back - Top
Back Top

 

Starting with the top, front we find the reset button, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a microphone jack, a headphone jack and the power button. Just behind the control panel is the louvered exhaust area. The front has four steel meshed 5.25” bays for optical drives, fan controllers or your favorite 5.25” device.

The rear of the AZZA Toledo 301 has your standard openings. Along with the I/O opening for motherboard, there is also an opening for the bottom mounted power supply, seven expansion slots, and four aperture openings for water cooling and a lone opening for a single 120mm exhaust fan.

Back
Back
Bottom

 

The bottom of the Toledo has two openings; one is for mounting your power supply with its intake drawing from under the case - my preferred mounting position. When done this way, it’s not pulling hot air from inside the case. The Toledo also has a second opening for mounting either an 80, 90 or 120mm fan. The bottom also has nice tall feet for it to rest on. They measure about 16mm tall which definitely helps with air flow for the bottom mounted PSU. Most cases I have used or seen do not have this.

The left side panel of the Toledo has a raised area which is vented and comes with a 250mm blue LED intake fan already mounted, but it is pre-drilled for 2x120mm or 2x140mm fans if so desired. The right side panel is solid but does have the same raised area as the left panel.

Left Side Profile
Left Side Profile
Right Side Profile
Right Side Profile

 

On the next page we'll take a closer look at the inside of the case before we get on to installation and testing.


 

A Closer Look Inside:

Once we remove the left side panel, (by removing 2 thumb screws) we can see how much room we have to install all of our components. The first thing that caught my attention was the bundle that came with all the mounting hardware and booklet. Then I noticed the raised areas that replaced the use of stand-off for motherboard installation. They manufactured this case not to need them – a nice touch. The tool-less HDD mounting system was next.  It is a pretty standard feature and worked as well as any other I’ve used recently. Next was the cut-out for mounting an aftermarket heat-sink without removing the motherboard. This is standard for cases now.

Side Off
Side Off
Right Side Off
Right Side Off

 

Then, I noticed the three fans that came pre-installed. The left side panel has a huge 250mm blue LED fan – as previously mentioned. The HDD mounting area has a 120mm blue LED intake fan and the rear of case has a 120mm black exhaust fan. The top of the case also has enough space to mount 2x120mm fans and/or a 240mm radiator which I would recommend installing at least the two fans to optimize the airflow. Last but not least was the control wiring. It was long enough to reach anywhere your board might require.

Side Panel Fan
Side Panel Fan
Side Panel Inside
Side Panel Inside

 

Installation and Testing:

Front Removed Installing all of my components was very easy and painless. The Toledo can accept ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. The fact that there is no need for motherboard stand-offs was nice and made mounting it very simple. The HDD mounting system was very convenient and easy to use. It has four HDD slots which can accept 3.5in or 2.5in HDDs. One is specifically designed for a 2.5in HDD (think SSD). All you have to do is squeeze the tabs of desired location and pull. To install my HDD all I did was bend the HDD bracket a little then slide my HDD in and squeezed it making sure the pins were located right. Then I just slid it back into the HDD cage.

Next, I installed the optical drive which was very easily done. The Toledo has four optical drive bays which are held in place by one hinged latch. First, I had to remove the front by pulling firmly on bottom front of the case to remove it. Then, I removed the desired slot blank by squeezing it on both sides and pulling it out. Then I re-installed the front. The tool-less mounting system for mounting the optical drive was very easy to use. All you have to do is slide the two latches inward and flip it open. Then slide your optical drive in until it is even with the front. Once this is done, close the tool-less latches and slide the lock outward. Done!

The power supply was next. The Toledo has four feet for it to rest on which keeps vibration to a minimum. After mounting the power supply and connecting all wiring, I was almost done with my installation. But I forgot to mention the LED in front and around the power button of the Toledo. It is connected by a Molex connector just like all the fans that came pre-installed. So connecting it and all the fans was easy and effortless. Well, as effortless as connecting Molex connectors can be. You know some times they can be a pain to get lined up right.

 


The last part to be installed was the video card. The Toledo can accept video cards up 340mm long. This is a must for any kind of gaming rig. The expansion slots were held in place with one screw each and were easily removed. Un-like some cases they can be re-used. Then I installed the video card and secured it with the screws. All that was left was connecting the two PCI-E power cords to it. Then I was finished with the installation.

HDD Hardware
HDD Hardware
Side Open Installed
Side Open Installed

 


 

Specifications:

The following information has been pulled from the AZZA website and posted here for your convenience.  If you want all the details and up to date information, make sure you catch the product page for all the goodies.

The AZZA Toledo 301 should end your unremitting compromise between value and budget! With performance, features, and quality found only in high-end cases, designed with an eye-catching exterior, AZZA invites you to build your next power rig with its Toledo 301.

This mid-tower chassis has massive storage capacity, with four external 5.25" drive bays, one external 3.5" bay, four internal 3.5" drive bays, two 2.5" SSD, HDD drive bays and seven expansion. The assembly is a breeze with AZZA's screwless design. All your components will stay cool with one monster 250mm blue side LED fan, a 120 mm front blue LED fan, and one black 120mm in the rear. Enhanced ventilation can be achieved by your option to add 2 x 120mm fans on top. It supports water cooling radiator up to the size of 240mm, and the longest VGA card in the market up to 340mm (ATI 5970). It can accommodate Micro ATX and ATX motherboards and is compatible with all kinds of Nvidia. In addition, the painted black interior complements the black exterior and just adds to its overall sophistication and refinement.

Easy USB 2.0 and audio connectivity are provided on the top I/O panel. An adjustable PSU support bridge is located in the bottom and you may install the PSU with the fan either facing up or down, for air intake or exhaust. The pre-drilled fan holes right underneath all but help to eliminate the PSU as one of the heat sources in the case! Furthermore, since cable can be organized behind the pre-drilled motherboard tray, this case comes with a superior cable management system that allows for improved cable routing and enhanced airflow. Lower you budget, not your expectation with the AZZA Toledo 301!

 

 Specs

 Features

Conclusion:

I found the AZZA Toledo 301 to be constructed well. Its chassis is made of 1mm SECC steel. Although it has a lot of plastic on the front and top, it does not feel flimsy. The tool-less mounting system for HDD and optical drive was easy to use. It felt very secure. It has a Transformer’ish appearance that is very aggressive. The pre-installed fans are nice, but it could use at least 1x120mm fan in top to help with exhausting all the heat from the case. The blue LED in front along with the two LED fans gave it a nice blue aura. All the front panel wiring was long enough to route any way you want. The cut-outs made wire management a breeze. I did like the way the side panels were mounted. Instead of sliding forward, they are hinged at front making installing the very easy.


The AZZA Toledo 301 can be found on the internet in the USA for about $80. It is an aggressive looking mid-tower case. It is not for everyone, but if you want something different from everyone else it’s a great choice. I did find one thing I was concerned about; it does not have any filter on any of the intake fans. This can cause dust and heat issues down the road if you don’t take care to keep it blown out.  Although I usually remove filters from the exhaust fans, having intake filters would be nice. Overall, the AZZA Toledo 301 mid-tower case is a very good choice with its extreme appearance. It’s definitely an eye catcher.

Installed Profile
Installed Profile
Installed Profile
Installed Profile

 

Pros:

  • Aggressive Styling
  • Tool-less HDD Mounting
  • Tool-less Optical Drive Mounting
  • Accepts Up To 340mm Graphics Cards
  • Can Accept up to 240mm Radiator

Cons:

  • No Intake Filter

 

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I would like to thank the people at AZZA for sending us this sample for review and look forward to seeing any of their products in the future. If you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to post them at the "Comments" link below.