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This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDBRKT2535 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter bracket
Pros: - Minimum use of material
- Nice finish
- Comes with screws
- Recessed screws on bottom
- Relatively cheap
- Positions the drive off-center, so the connectors end up where they're supposed to be
Cons: - Shallow
- As with most of these, you can't mount it from the bottom, only the sides
Other Thoughts: Comparing this with the similarly-priced Nippon Labs HDB-250, its advantages are that it positions the drive off center, so if your use case requires the SATA and power connectors to be in the standard location they will line up, the holes on the side for mounting seem to be closer to the standard pattern for a 3.5" drive, and the screws on the bottom are recessed, so it does better if you need it to sit flush or slide against something.
The disadvantages are that it's not as heavy duty, very shallow, and not very long, and it costs a couple bucks more.
It also has a smooth powder coated finish compared to the other tray's rough finish. On balance I prefer this one to the alternative.
This review is from: Nippon Labs HDB-250 2.5" HDD/SS Metal Bracket Black Color
Pros: - Heavy galvanized steel, feels very beefy
- Comes with screws
- Notch under the edge of the drive makes getting at cables easier
Cons: - Drive is centered rather than positioning the connectors where they would be in a 3.5" drive
- Screws aren't quite flush with the bottom
Other Thoughts: Comparing this sled with the somewhat similar Mushkin drive bracket, its advantage is that it's heavier-duty, a bit longer (depending on where the mounting holes in your case are), and a little cheaper.
Disadvantages are that the screws aren't quite flush with the underside, and the drive sits centered on the bracket rather than offset to one side, so if your use case expects the connectors to be in the standard location for a 3.5" drive (for example, in a sled, or with cables "aimed" at one side of the drive) this one simply won't work.
It also has a textured finish, where the Mushkin's is smooth powder coating. On balance, I prefer the Mushkin.
Pros: * Reasonably priced
* Sufficient PCI and PCIe slots
* RS232 serial header available if you want it
* A boatload of USB2 headers
* A couple USB3 ports
* Gigabit LAN port
* Sandy Bridge ready
* Four RAM slots
* Lots of SATA ports, including 6Gbit, plus a PATA port
* DVI, HDMI, *and* VGA video ports
* HTPC-type HDMI and S/PDIF jacks built-in
* Has the word "corporate" in the specs, which makes you feel better about buying it for an office
Cons: * None
Other Thoughts: I bought a couple of these as part of a Newegg system bundle for medium-duty office systems (with a quad-i5 SB), and have been quite happy.
I like that it has a reasonable complement of modern and legacy ports available in case you need them;USB3, 6G SATA, 2xPCIe16, plus an external PS/2 port, the header for a RS232 serial port, if you want to route it to the case, a couple of PCI slots, a VGA output, and a PATA port.
I only ended up using the RS232 port (with a Startech PCI bracket/cable Newegg sells for under $10), but it's nice that the others are there in case I need to sue something old and crusty.
The BIOS has lots of features without you actually needing to mess with them to get it working (there's both an "easy" and "advanced" mode), and it's nice to be able to point to the word "corporate" and "stable" in the specs to make yourself feel better about buying it for a business.
Also, has a ridiculous number of USB headers inside, plus home-theater outputs (HDMI, S/PDI