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Pros: Relatively compact design.
Outlets suitably-spaced to accommodate "wall wart" type power supplies.
Lengthy power cord.
Can be used on desktop or floor either lying down or standing upright. Can also be wall-mounted via keyhole slots in rear.
Arrived 99% pre-charged.
Well-packaged for shipment.
Connected to load and then removed AC power, UPS kicked-in and began powering devices with no hiccups or issues whatsoever.
Has an LCD display, not that common in this price/wattage range. Since I do not have my unit connected to a PC (it is a backup for the alarm system,) the display panel is critical for determining the status of the UPS.
Protects an RJ-11 OR RJ-45 (but not both) circuit as well.
Cons: Simulated sine wave output, this UPS is NOT for ANY PC/device using an active-PFC power supply!! It is fine for non-PFC PCs and most other electronic devices, though, i.e. modems, routers, switches, HDD enclosures, phones, alarm systems, video hardware, etc. This fact is listed in the specs, though, so no Eggs deducted.
Remarkably heavy for its size, but this is an issue with all UPS, so no Eggs deducted, simply noted for user awareness.
Only -4- surge/power protected outlets. If you have any "wall wart" type power supplies, likely only -3- of those will even be accessible, which is fairly limiting unless you use an extension cord for more outlets. This, however, may not be advisable due to the possibly of overloading an individual outlet, I do not recommend it. This unit should have -5- power/surge outlets and only -3- surge-only outlets, in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: We've only had this unit online for about a week, but so far it's running like a champ, no issues. It's being used as backup power for our alarm system and it's well-suited for the task. The alarm has its own internal backup power, but with this UPS on the front-end, we're up to about 3 hours total backup power, long enough to bridge the average occasional (or intentional) AC outage.
I really do wish ALL the UPS manufacturers would do a better job of informing customer about the difference between simulated vs. actual sine wave output on their products. Specifically, that active-PFC power supply units (PSUs) should ONLY be run on true sine wave power, NEVER on simulated sine wave. 99% of customers will likely only find an active-PFC PSU in a higher-end desktop PC, but you need to be sure before connecting to a simulated sine wave UPS, as this can rapidly degrade the PSU, if it will even run at all. This should not be considered a flaw in the simulated sine wave UPS, just knowing how to utilize the correct product for your specific application(s.)
This review is from: Rosewill RC-404 - PCI Ethernet Card - 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps, 1 x RJ45
Works well once installed.
Gigabit speeds, good throughput
Cons: Necessary drivers were not installed automatically for whatever reason, were difficult to locate online.
Other Thoughts: This is a good NIC, even though the drivers did not autoinstall as usual, would buy this model again if needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works very well in USB 2.0/3.0 modes.
Supports 4GB HDDs (although only tested up to 3GB.)
Not too difficult to install HDD into the enclosure.
Includes adequate-length USB and eSATA cables.
External PSU is compact and lightweight.
Internal fan is much quieter than previous Rosewill model.
Works well attached to external SAN via USB 2.0.
Sturdy metal case, not a lot of plastic used in structural areas.
Fan can be switched on or off, making the unit even quieter, if desired.
Cons: Could not get -2- different PCs to recognize the external HDD via eSATA. Drive would show up under the BIOS and within Management -> Disk Drives, but OS would not recognize the drive as a valid storage device, making it inaccessible under Win7 HP x64.
HDD installation requires use of tools and manipulating very small screws. A tool-less installation design would be a great improvement.
Requires external PSU (aka "wall wart.")
Blue activity LED stays illuminated 100% of the time, even when drive is not being accessed. This makes it nearly impossible to determine when HDD is actually in-use or idle.
Other Thoughts: Despite all the Cons (and the significant eSATA issue,) this external enclosure still does exactly what I needed it to, which is to serve as a failsafe backup to my RAID 1 NAS unit. So far, there have been no failures to perform successfully in this role. I purchased this enclosure as an upgrade to a previous Rosewill unit of the same design, except the previous model only supported 2GB and I needed to use a 3GB HDD.
If it weren't for the eSATA problem, I would have only deducted -1- Egg for the other Cons, but the inability to be used in this fashion is a rather major drawback.
I tried booting the PCs with the external drive attached and already running, connecting it post-boot then powering up the enclosure, and connecting post-boot while the enclosure was already powered-on and the OS would not recognize the volume on -2- different PCs under any circumstances. I also tried the above with the HDD both formatted and unformatted, it made no difference either way.
If you're looking for an external enclosure to connect via USB, this may be a great choice. However, if you need an eSATA solution, you may want to look elsewhere.
NOTE: Your specific PC could possibly connect via eSATA, there's no way for me to test otherwise, but -2- different PCs with different motherboards, CPUs, RAM, BIOS, drives and peripherals indicate otherwise. Both systems DO share the same OS, so this is another factor to consider.
Display Name: John W.
Date Joined: 03/15/05
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