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powercom KING RM KIN-2200APRM 2200 VA 1320 Watts 6 Outlets UPS
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Follow up on 8/15/2009 review 06/27/2012

This review is from: powercom KING RM KIN-2200APRM 2200 VA 1320 Watts 6 Outlets UPS

Pros: Follow up on my 8/15/2009 comments
I have 10 of these units in the field that clients have purchased on my recommendation over the years.
One battery went bad in one unit. Other than that, no problems at all. A set of 4 batteries can be easily sourced for approx 80 bucks when needed for routine replacement every few years (although I've not done so yet - they are holding up fine). I stand by the 5 egg rating for function and price

Cons: None really, especially at this price.

Other Thoughts: You will need a USB to serial adapter if you don't have an available serial port. The Sabrent one works well.

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StarTech 2.5in SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 3.5/5.25 Front Drive Bay
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excuse my typo below. I typed "Sata 3" where I meant "3 Gb/sec".

Note: These units are misrepresented and are actually only Sata 1, 1.5 Gb/sec and use the JM20316, Not the JM20336.

Cons: See review below

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StarTech 2.5in SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 3.5/5.25 Front Drive Bay
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs These are only Sata 1.5 not 3.0! 06/19/2012

This review is from: StarTech 2.5in SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 3.5/5.25 Front Drive Bay

Pros: Decent fit and finish. Cartridges are a little roughly finished/textured so you don't get a smooth insertion like we had with the discontinued EZ-Swap-EX. Works pretty well except for the major hiccup listed below in Cons (SATA1 not SATA2 as listed).

Cons: I was astounded to see a HD mounted on this unit shown in LSI storage manager as having a negotiated link speed of only 1.5 gb (sata1). This was when it was attached to a IBM M1015.

I drilled down a bit and verified the same 1.5 gb connection when the unit was attached to a motherboard with the Intel matrix r10 chip (via the rapid storage manager software). The board was examined and compared to one from an EZ-Swap-EX as it seemed identical. Unlike what the details page lists, the Startech units I received have a *** JMicron JM20316 *** instead of a JM20336. I then moved the HD from the Startech unit showing the 1.5 link to one of my EZ-Swap_EX units with a verified JM20336. It did then show a link speed of 3gb - I think it fairly conclusive the JM20316 chip installed on the Startech is the problem.

I can't find a listing for this chip and can only assume it is an old surplus SATA 1 chip.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if every unit shipped has this older SATA 1 chip. All the ones I received did. The details page clearly states "SATA 3" and "Uses JM20336" so there is a serious problem here that needs to be remedied by Newegg and Startech. The details page needs to be changed to reflect the true product being sold, or the product needs to be recalled and replaced with what customers were told they were buying.

PS
I was very excited to see these as a replacement for the EZ-Swap-EX which is no longer available and planned to buy many of the Startech units. I used the EZ in most all of my machines and my client's servers as a rock solid, workable, affordable backup cartridge system. It was very disappointing to see them no longer available. This Startech unit would be the perfect replacement if reshipped with the JM20336. I would then recommend it highly as the other aspects of the product are good, and with a great price.

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Display Name: Daniel B.

Date Joined: 10/25/01

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 08/10/08
  • Last Review: 06/27/12
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