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This review is from: Rosewill RX-C525 5.25" SATA Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5" SATA I/II/III HDD
Pros: Fits easily in my "you need a screwdriver to mount that" style case. Solid looking compliant mounts work as intended. Drives slide in pretty smoothly, door closes with reasonable pressure (hey, the spring is *supposed* to hold the drive snugly); opening the door disengages the drive easily, pulls out as easily as it went in. Drive activity indicator works in conjunction with the molex to sata adapter cable, though needing to use that adapter is a slight drawback.
Cons: Not a good choice for at least some toolless cases because of compliant mounts. Some drives or systems could have issues with the floating pin required for the activity LED, but the fix is simple - just omit the supplied power adapter and attach a normal sata power (or use an ordinary molex to sata). Relies on SATA standard pin stagger for hotplugging, no separate power switching.
Other Thoughts: There are a whole slew of similar racks at similar prices, with some variation in the details. This does appear to be identical to the Thermaltake model. If you don't want the LEDs, the Startech (1) seems to be exactly the same without the adapter and LED board. Ditto the Syba (2), and it _may_ have a sturdier rear bar - it seems thicker, anyway, but structure and materials could play a larger role. The Five Star (3), a no-name (4) and "White" (5) all seem the same as the Syba, but with a black plastic back piece; the "White" is named for the color of the front bezel and door. And last (on this list- I'm getting tired of counting clones) is from Shenzhen Carpo (6) which appears to have drive power switching and a power LED (activity???), all in a more integrated arrangement than the Rosewill's add-on cable. It's hard to be sure as the manufacturer's web site isn't for English readers.
ABOUT THE ACTIVITY LED: this uses a SATA-standard feature that's rarely used, at least on desktop drives, and as we know what Windows hasn't been using for at least a decade (in a way that makes failure visible) hasn't been well-tested... There's one pin on the power connector which is normally pulled low. IF it is floated, then the drive is supposed to not power up until the controller signals it; also, the drive pulls this pin low to signal activity. This could fail in various ways if the drive doesn't handle this correctly or if the controller doesn't probe the drive (IDE mode? AHCI bug?). Luckily, with this adapter you can just omit the supplied molex-sata cable and the normal sata power cable will ground the pin, you just won't get the activity LED.
Pros: Right size for that desktop - it just fits. Looks good.
Cons: Big con is that warranty is only one year according to the paperwork that shipped in the box, not three years as stated here. I took an egg off for this, though that's probably more than it deserves.
Minor con is the wall-wart style power supply.
Other Thoughts: It's not a great monitor, only 6 bits physical resolution, but the dithering seems to be well done, and it's good value for the money. It's about 102 dpi.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Orico H4818-U2-BK Portable 4-Port USB 2.0 Mini USB HUB with 3.3 Ft USB Cable
Pros: Small USB hub, small price, and it has a "real" upstream connector rather than either a useless 2" captive cable or the midget port. It had to work at the end of fairly long old style A/B cable, y'see...
Just worked, and has been fine for two weeks and a bit now.
Cons: I didn't find this the first time I was looking for just this kind of a port.
Other Thoughts: Has a jack for an external 5V power supply, presumably for those who need to plug more power-hungry devices in. Works fine without it in my application (as expected).READ FULL REVIEW