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This review is from: BYTECC Bracket-525 3.5" Drive/Device Transfer Bracket For 5.25" Drive Bay (Black)
Pros: This is a simple fix for a simple problem. I was adding a card reader to my desktop and used this for mounting. This product works well and matches my case which is a bonus.
Cons: I found it a bit hard to get this product situated in my case in a stable manner but that may have been due to my case. The card reader I was placing inside didn't sit perfectly flush with the front of my tower due to the way the reader sat inside of the bracket, but with some craftsmanship I made it work.
Other Thoughts: This is a good sleek looking insert that suited my needs. I was debating between plastic and metal inserts and in the end the plastic nature of this product gives your some flexibility (literally and figuratively) to make what ever device you are fitting inside it sit securely and flush with the front of the tower.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Window High-Airflow ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: Excellent cooling and wire routing makes it easy to build. All of the wires can be run on the outside of the side panels for they don't impede air flow. The three case fans ventilate the case quite well and run very quietly. I like the simple and sleek design of the case as well. There are filter slots in front of the air intakes that slide out easily without having to take the case apart which makes cleaning them out a breeze.
Cons: I still wish it had a removable mobo tray allthough with the size of the case building was not an issue. No 2.5 bay.
Other Thoughts: I would not suggest mounting an SSD behind the Mobo it can only cause issues if you ever need to access it because youll need to take the mobo out and there are plenty of bays in which you can easily mount drives.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
Pros: I really like how quiet this drive is even when I have it sitting right next to me I barely hear it. My laptop only has USB 2.0 but the transfer rates there are great and consistent with my custom build external that I put together specifically for a USB 2.0 system so backwards compatibility is not an issue.
While I do like on Off switches I have found the drive manages itself quite well and only spins up when needed and turns off when the USB is unplugged.
The drive seems to run pretty cool for a backup device. I did some large file transfers (100 gig+) and it stayed cool allthough this was only at USB 2.0 speeds so I can not comment on how it would handle 100 megabyte/s loads.
Great for storage and backups with most systems new or old.
Cons: Needs to lay flat which takes up desk space, I like my drive standing upright.
I would like an on off switch even though it manages itself fine.
Other Thoughts: Great storage drive if you get it on sale. I got mine for about $80 which was pretty amazing.
I always buy seagate. And while I wish they still had there longer warranty I have never needed to use there warranty and never had one of there drives fail.