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Vantec EZ Swap F4 MRK-425ST-BK 4 Bay 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price on sale ($30).
LED indicators for which HDD slots are plugged in.
Looks pretty sharp from the outside. Fit is acceptable.

Cons: Fan bearing staring squealing after maybe 6 weeks of being installed. More an annoyance, since it is used mostly for SSDs and your average laptop 2.5" drive isn't going to care much about heat either.

Construction is bare minimum quality to achieve the finished product. While I mentioned the exterior look is sharp, once you pull out a tray, you realize this isn't really a nice metal framed bay.

Other Thoughts: Now I have to go and rip the fan out or at least disassemble and remove the wiring. It would be cheaper easier to just go with an open vented back and let the case fans do their jobs.

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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice to see some cube form factor cases and alternate spacial arrangements.

Cons: This could have been a great server for those with lots of HDDs or wanting to setup some kind of NAS. Widen the drive side layout to accept 8-10 3.5" disks (6 at least putting 3+3 vertical) and really just one 5.25 optical drive. It's just very disappointing to see the wasted space on the other side.

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Orico W8PH4-BK Portable 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Constant Reconnects 01/17/2014

This review is from: Orico W8PH4-BK Portable 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Black

Pros: Nice casing, good connectors, 4-ports.

Cons: Constant reconnects with various brands of USB 3.0 drives, both bus power 2.5" and externally powered 3.5". Firmware updates make the problem worse. Take the hub out of the loop and the drives work perfectly. Also, on some attachment actions, it's spotty connection causes Windows to prompt to format the disk.

Other Thoughts: Updated from firmware REV_0701 to REV_8581 and things only got worse, faster disconnect / reconnect cycles. I have another USB hub with a similar Renesas / NEC chipset which works fine. Must be poor quality manufacturing on the inside. Other devices have similar reconnection issues, but might be masked if you have sound off.

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Aaron B.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron B.

Date Joined: 01/11/03

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 11/02/10
  • Last Review: 04/27/14
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