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This review is from: Vantec Single Port SATA to IDE Converter - Model CB-SP100
Pros: ANY time you go through a "powered converter" you are NOT getting an "extension cord", you are getting something that was primarily made to physically fit within the architecture. Most ALL converters will slow drive seek-time, etc. That's the price you pay. There are some tweaks you can try like setting up a larger page-file, etc. But it's not an extension cord.....not when IT has to process a signal.
Cons: The architecture is VERY open: check your rings and watches before putting your mits inside. The other issue is that if you look at the design it raised from the motherboard; it's easy to harm it IF you have heavy cables or there things that may bump it. It does work fine however.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For a standard "on-board" main-board, the choices of chip set and standards are excellent from a cost savings and quality level. Production standards were neat, tight, well thought out. Compared to gateway & dell it was a slight cut above. Workmanship of construction internally was not rushed, case was well designed to prevent accumulation of dust & provide access.
These are commercial PC's & one must compare oranges to oranges. Dell & gateway are the comparable comparison in their own strength-level configurations; thus this (HP 210f) appears to be the best choice....by a slim margin but observable. The choices of component and main-board design put it at the top.
Cons: Cosmetically, it is easily scratched, the room for large hands in the cabinet is not that great, it's weight is not applied toward the base (not an easily tipped over case but the weight should be lower).
Not a well designed case for multiple internal drives: could have used different HDD slot design.
Other Thoughts: For the money this MAY be the best WIN7 commercial machine available. The whole of the machine choices were designed around WIN7. The componentry was a serious cut above the standard commercial and the idiosyncratic elements of wireless / sound were well thought out. separate video card design makes this a "gaming" type computer - however as a office / design graphics machine for a small network of 6-12 nodes where graphics are used, it's ideal.
This machine was compared side by side with a dell & gateway of very close specs & the HP was a clearly better choice.