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Pros: Super tiny, but nice capacity. I got this for a Mini ITX Hackintosh on a Gigabyte B85N Phoenix WiFi. At the moment, it's the only drive, so no moving parts except the case & GPU fans, which is great.
The price is excellent, pretty comparable to standard SSDs. The speed is comparable as well and is as advertised (I tested with ATTO). Boots to Mavericks desktop in 9 seconds.
Cons: None, truly.
I think I might go with the 480GB if I had it to do over again
Other Thoughts: Some cosmetic things:
The LED is red and seems unnecessarily bright to me. Hard drives don't generally have lights on them at all, so why does this need one? Also, it would be nice if the PCB were black and didn't have a big, ugly "warranty void if removed" sticker on top of it. I suppose eventually these little things will have shrouds or heatsinks and will look good. Not yet, though.
A note: When I 1st installed it, the red light was persistently on, which I took to mean it was working, but the drive wasn't recognized. It turns out that I hadn't properly seated the drive, and the light should be on only when the drive's in use.
Pros: -Looks good--not ostentatious or odd-looking. Doesn't have a big, ugly logo on it. Even the power & reset buttons and the ports are inconspicuous.
-Inexpensive but not cheap. It's plenty sturdy.
-Toolless mounting is great to have (but see Cons).
-Cable management is pretty easy because of cutouts (but see Cons).
-Floppy drive-sized slot allows the addition of a card reader.
-Lots of ventilation: Front, side, top, rear, & bottom.
-Lots of room for more hard drives.
Cons: -The front mesh has plastic fuzz coming through it. At first, I thought it was a plastic coating on the metal that was badly applied, but it's actually a stiff foam-type thing underneath the mesh. It can probably be removed if you're willing to take off the front part.
-There aren't enough mounting devices if you're using more than half of the bays. I emailed Xigmatek and got a quick reply, and more of the brackets were sent to me immediately: "We could send you some extra mounts. How many do you need? Please email me your shipping address."
-There's not much space between the motherboard and right side panel for cable management, despite the cutouts.
-The fans are a little louder than I'd expected from such a small case.
-The hard drive bays were a bit wide in the middle section, and I had to squeeze the two sides together to tighten the fit before installing the drives.
Other Thoughts: The minor issues don't detract much from an otherwise excellent, inexpensive, & surprisingly feature-rich computer case (especially when it's on sale and has free shipping).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Probably relatively easy to install for most people.
Cons: The biggest thing for me is that it's only one USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 speeds for the memory card readers. I looked at a few reviews but apparently overlooked the few that mentioned this.
I ran ATTO Disk Benchmark to check the CF port's speeds, using a Transcend 400x CF card.
This reader's CF slot max speeds:
18.5MB/s Read, 17.5MB/s Write
Same card with cheap ($5) USB 2.0 adapter in this reader's 3.0 port:
37.3MB/s Read, 33.6MB/s Write
Same card with cheap ($5) USB 2.0 adapter in the case's top 2.0 port:
34.6MB/s Read, 28.9MB/s Write
Same card in Addonics CF-to-SATA adapter (in a different computer):
87.7MB/s Read, 55.7MB/s Write
For some reason, CF speeds are ridiculously low.
Also, the CF card doesn't sit in the slot far enough. The 1st time I put it in, I thought it had just gotten stuck, but it only goes in about half an inch.
As others have mentioned, the SD is upside-down, too.
Like the CF card, the SD card sticks out too far when in place.
I had to drill extra holes in mine to install it in my computer.
Other Thoughts: The description should be something along the lines of
"All-in-one USB 2.0 card reader with USB 3.0 port." The failure isn't so much on the reader itself as in the inaccurate description. The CF speeds, though, are enough to knock off some eggs anyway.
The USB 2.0 connector that connects to the motherboard is not the standard USB connector, so I had to look up which pins to put it on. Seems an odd choice to not just use the standard. A minor thing.
SD card's speeds were about the same in this reader's SD port and in a USB port with cheap adapter, about 20MB/s Max Read and 17MB/s Max Write.
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