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Pros: Low price for what it is. Compare to hot swap bays that take up 5.25 bays and convert to four or five 3.5 bays and you come out way ahead with this. In my home file server, I wouldn't even consider mounting the drives in anything other than one of the hot swap cages; with a RAID, there is too much risk of accidentally pulling out another power cable or whatnot when adding the new drive (or removing a failed drive).
The cooling is very nice as well. Everything is kept to a good temperature.
All the drive bays have their own activity light (useful for finding a drive).
Despite what it says, you can mount a 3.5" OS hard drive inside the case.
The case I received has USB3, which isn't listed in the specs.
I tested all the drive bays and they all work.
SAS cables are a godsend, I truly cannot imagine having 20 SATA cables streaming through any case. 5 SAS cables to RAID cards (or in my case, 4 SAS cables to two RAID cards and one SAS->SATA cable to my motherboard) is really the way to go. Makes everything much much easier to manage. The previous drive cage I had was a massive PITA to deal with because it needed 5 SATA cables going to it and two Molex connectors.
Cons: The case I received does NOT have redundant power connectors. One of the reasons I chose this case was the redundant connectors. Not really a deal breaker, but since this case also has USB3, it's clear there is a new revision of the hardware that Newegg isn't taking into account.
No instructions for anything. This isn't really a big deal for the motherboard mounting or using the drive cages, but when you want to start adding the OS drive (assuming you're using a supported 2.5" drive or mounting the DVD drive, it gets a little tough until you figure out how it all works. Not a big deal, but still seems bizarre. Personally, I used an old external USB DVD drive I had laying around and yanked it out of its enclosure. Fits perfectly. Then, I just connected the USB cable to the internal motherboard USB headers (the drive itself didn't have an adapter on it like I had initially expected).
The top two rows of drive bays are a bit to snug, the drive trays stick a little bit. Once again, not a deal breaker, but still a con.
Other Thoughts: I've seen people complain about the noise this puts out. It's really not that bad. I mean, it's way too loud for a bedroom or living room (where some people were putting it), but for its intended audience, it's not bad at all. I'd prefer the fans to be loud over potentially 20 drives overheating. I keep it in a room we don't use often and when we do, the noise isn't bothersome in the least.
None of the cons are a big deal, this case it really pretty great, especially for the price. Most everything is simple and easy to figure out even without the instructions. SAS cables make everything easy.
It would have been nice to have the redundant power supply connectors, but I'll deal. Truthfully, I've never had one of those connectors ever break or the cable from the PSU die, so it's probably not a big deal.
This review is from: Black Dual USB Car Charger (Bagged) 5 Watt (1A)
Pros: Works extremely well. Charges two android phones at the same time very quickly.
I did open it up and solder the data pins together though (this is how most non iDevices recognize a device as NOT being a computer), which allows it to put out the full power the device is requesting.
Cons: The downside is that I even needed to open it up and solder the pins in order to get it to put out full power. Oh well ... as a work around if others are interested, you can buy cables that are 'charging cables' that have the data pins shorted in the cable rather than the device.
The only other downside I have is that this thing is huge! It definitely sticks out. Since it actually delivers on its power promises, I'm putting up with it for now, but I could definitely imagine it getting in the way, depending on your car.
Other Thoughts: I got it for free after rebate and it was definitely worth that price. I don't know if I'd be willing to pay the full 12 dollar price on it, but it's a very good charger and works well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had this drive in my home server as a backup drive for quite some time now. It's got 6708 hours racked up of near 24/7 operation and it's still going strong. I see a lot of poor reviews, but I'm sure I've had this drive powered on for more time than a majority of others and I haven't had any issues with it.
Cons: It's only $10 cheaper now than when I bought it last May.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm happy with the drive. Still going strong after nearly 280 days of 24/7 online time.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Tanner H.
Date Joined: 07/17/06
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