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macally PHR-S250UAB Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Can I give it 6 stars? 06/24/2012

This review is from: macally PHR-S250UAB Aluminum 2.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 / 1394 External Enclosure

Pros: Impressively fast, 76MB/s sequential write on FW 800Mbps.
Rubber footy-things to keep enclosure planted.
Firewire 800 cable included.
Kind of matches my MBP.
Runs cool with a good drive.

Cons: End caps are plastic.
No indication of what 1394B port you need to plug in to get 800Mbps (outboard one).
Internal design is a bit clunky.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to house the original disk drive from my Macbook Pro after an SSD upgrade. I've never used firewire before, but I am very impressed with the throughput, compared to USB2 enclosures I've used in the past. 39MB/s at 400Mbps, 76MB/s at 800Mbps. I initially thought it was garbage due to throughput with an SSD installed, maybe it just doesn't like SSDs? Maybe my testing methodology was flawed.

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Rosewill RSV-Z2000, Black Metal/ Steel, 1.0 mm thickness, 9x 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: 9 drive bays!
2U!
Fans Included
Low price

Cons: *Front Panel is very flimsy steel (mine came pre-bent)
*Power Supply MUST have a rear-mounted fan for proper ventilation. Bottom-mount fans have clearance issues in a 2U chassis
*Power supply exhausts out front of case, feeding hot right back into the intake for the rest of the chassis.
*Screw placements in the bottom and sides of the chassis are irksome.

Other Thoughts: I was very excited when I saw this chassis on sale. When I got this chassis out of the box, I immediately noticed that the front of the case was caved in and the top lip all bent up. The shipping box is in good condition, so there would seem to be a quality control issue. The other 5 sides of the chassis are solid, I wonder why they would have used such thin steel here. The PSU mounting is backwards, with the exhaust directed out the front, making this chassis unsuitable for use in a hot/cold-aisle datacenter.

I will be returning this chassis, as it is damaged. It's very disappointing to see this from Rosewill, as I have been very happy with most of their other products.

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Plustek OpticFilm 7400 35mm Film and Slide Scanner (60-A29-BBM310-C)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs update...excellent support 09/09/2011

This review is from: Plustek OpticFilm 7400 35mm Film and Slide Scanner (60-A29-BBM310-C)

Pros: Fantastic support!

Cons: Doesn't play nice with other scanners, but that's a problem with Windows, not the scanner.

Other Thoughts: To update my previous review. I have since purchased an additional scanner (Canon flatbed), and my Plustek seemed to stop working correctly. After weeks of putzing with it, I finally contacted Plustek support. Within a day, I had a phone call from a live technician who spoke perfect English, and was immediately able to identify my problem, that Windows doesn't like to talk to multiple scanning devices at the same time (have to disable in Device Manager). Followed the technician's instructions and my scanner works like brand new.

I was astounded that I get better support on a $300 scanner than on Dell gear, where I spend many thousands of dollars a year on service contracts.

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Display Name: Tom J.

Date Joined: 11/18/02

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 04/25/08
  • Last Review: 06/24/12
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