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This review is from: Sabrent BK-PCBS 2.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive to Desktop 3.5" Bay Converter
Pros: Sturdy, put the SATA connections exactly where they need to be
Other Thoughts: I can't believe it took so longer for somebody to make a PROPER 2.5->3.5 drive adapter! Most of the ones I've had to suffer through in the past had issues with missing/mislocated mounting holes or the SATA connections not being in the same physical location as a 3.5" drive. Sure they were inexpensive, but there were many applications where they simply wouldn't work.
This adapter does exactly what it's supposed to do in exactly the right way. It's the ONLY design that's going to work correctly if you want to replace a 3.5" drive in an iMac or a Mac Pro, or even some Dells that have short SATA cables that expect the SATA connections to be in the '3.5" location'. The two of these I've bought so far work perfectly...these will definitely be the ONLY adapters I buy from now on.
There's a version of this adapter sold by a well-known Mac-centric vendor, but this is the first time I've seen a version of this adapter here on NewEgg. It's a bit cheaper here too.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Fit and finish is pretty good, includes two nice fans
Cons: Aluminum construction has no real benefits, parts of the case flex more than they should, awkward power supply mounting procedure and drive mounting issues
Other Thoughts: I've built at least 100 computers over the course of many years and have used a number of different cases. While this case has the "Lian Li" name on it, in all honesty it's a $40 case that costs $90 simply due to the name on it and the aluminum construction.
While aluminum makes the case light to ship, it also makes it rather flimsy. The tray the MB mounts to flexes a lot more than I'd like, and the case's sides flex a fair amount. The aluminum construction also offers no real benefit in terms of heat dissipation, so I'm left to wonder why they even make it. Maybe if it were made of 100% recycled aluminum there would be some sort of environmental benefit to it, but I see nothing to indicate this.
The power supply screws to a plate and installs from the rear of the computer, a method which has its advantages and disadvantages. One serious disadvantage is the aluminum "skirt" that runs the width of the case and makes up part of the 5.25" drive frame...it makes it exceptionally difficult to access the power supply cables once the supply is installed. The upper 5.25" drive slot also doesn't have tabs for the drive to sit on, so screwing it into place is made more difficult. The 3.5" HD bracket is held in place by two screws, but as soon as you install a drive in the bracket, the screw holes are blocked so it's hard to reinstall the bracket. The bracket also mounts about an inch behind the front port panel, so all of the cables coming from that panel have to make hard bends to get around it. All of these little design issues make for a build that's less than enjoyable.
In all honesty, I don't think I'll be buying any more of these cases. They do the job and the fit/finish is pretty good, but a similar steel case will be cheaper, and many I've used before were easier to work with.
This review is from: SilverStone SST-SDP08B 2 x 2.5" to 3.5" Bay Converter (Black)
Pros: Made of good quality steel and has a high level of finish for a simple drive tray
Cons: Must screw drives in using the side holes, and there aren't any tabs for the upper drive to sit on, so lining it up with the mounting holes is a bit of a pain.
Other Thoughts: It does the job, but I think for what it is, it's overpriced.READ FULL REVIEW