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This review is from: Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: Love using the wheel-spin mode for browsing. Then I switch to ratchet mode for gaming. I actually use the sensitivity settings in game too.
Cons: I wore out one of the covers.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - TOOLLESS!!! Why would you ever want those stupid trays and other wierd pieces of equipment to put your drives in?
- Simple. Although the documentation wasn't the greatest, Icy Dock's website explains how to rebuild RAID 1, etc. Just plug the drives in hot, and presto.
- Quiet. Adjustable fan speed allows you to manage this. At full speed, you can hear the fan, but it's not obnoxious.
- Good support: I contacted Icy Dock support through their live chat. Very helpful! I had questions regarding the RAID controller and was very happy with their support.
- Price: Better than most for what you get!
Cons: It's a little sensitive to movement. This may have been something that happened later on, but I notice that if I move the unit around and repower it, I'll need to start over by pulling the power out completely to get it to come back to life.
USB, and Firewire 400 work fine.
Firewire 800: I've had consistent issues. The drive won't wake up from sleep, and Windows won't boot with it on.
This is likely due to the chip-set. I bought the newer version of this enclosure, the one with eSata, and so far it does not appear to have the same issues (still using Firewire 800).
It is not possible to transfer your RAID 1 array to another controller if the RAID controller has a different chip-set. You'll need to copy your data off, and then move your drives to the new enclosure/controller and then copy it back on. This can take a lot time.
If the enclosure itself fails in RAID configuration, be ready for some difficulty in recovering your data.
Other Thoughts: This unit's fan started acting weird on me a few months after ownership. It was rubbing against metal or something. Might have been something I did. Not sure. It started making a weird irritating noise. BUT! The construction of this unit was so solid that I was easily able to take it apart and replace it with an after market fan! I even had the unit and fan on and working outside the box.
The verdict: Happy about the support. And this drive led me to buy another one to replace it. This drive is still working perfectly fine if used USB and I will likely sell it or use it as a backup storage bay.
Important note about RAID: (after speaking with support)
Although the ods are in your favor if you go RAID 1, you have to keep in mind that (from what I've experienced) the RAID array is chip-set dependent. So depending on the unit (RAID controller... Icy Dock, or otherwise), if a drive fails, you may or may not still have access to your data until you rebuild the RAID array.
Pros: Really slick design. Super sexy looking. :)
No screws! Just click-click, and you're drives are in and ready.
Cons: Got worried for a sec when the adjustable speed fan started making extra noise. Eventually the noise went away.
The drive doors seem a little flimsy
Other Thoughts: This is really one of the coolest, sexiest devices I've bought. I was super happy with the screw-less design.
I use it as my library drive in "mirrored" configuration over USB2.