Joined on 07/14/14
An unknown Gem
Pros: You can't beat the value of this cage. It costs like 50-60% of the Icy Dock or IstarUSA cages and it does what it should. The 120mm fan slot is the real advantage of this cage. I've used these 3x5.25">x3.5" cages and none of them seem too have a 120mm fan slot which seems crazy to me especially the 5 drive cages. It is very light so it doesn't burden your case with even more weight.
Cons: I would have preferred SATA power connectors instead of the LP4 connectors. The included fan is not useable for anything but green/desktop drives maybe the NAS drives if you live in cool weather. I believe the airflow is around 40 CFM, which is not going to cool 4 drives for very long before your drives get very hot.
Overall Review: Best value out there for this kind of device. You will need to replace the fan but that is expected. I use 2 of these in my Cooler Master HAF X and they work well on my Enterprise drives. I replaced the fans with 120mm Twister Storm fans and the WD Re drives stay very cool (29-32C ambient=16C). I wish they put the SATA connectors on the right side instead of the left side but I believe this cage was made for their 4U server case.
Good while it lasted
Pros: The fan is good for long transfers especially if you aren't using a "green" drive. The max transfer rate is about 265 Mb/sec aggregate which seems to be the max for USB 3 ports. It does work on 8 Tb & 10 Tb drives.
Cons: I bought 2 of these and they both died at about the same time. I would say they both died within about 50 uses. When the ports died they become malicious and tell you to format perfectly working drives. I tried to write these "dead" ports and I would get NTFS disk write errors which ultimately led to the infamous Windows BSOD.
Overall Review: The QA on this product is terrible. Dead after 50 uses? That is pathetic. Looks like this is meant for casual users and not power users. Startech used to be really good once upon a time but this product is terrible.
Very good DVD reads
Pros: I used this for reading from DVD archives I have and creating ISOs from old DVDs and they were about 50% of the speed of my SATA drives so pretty good considering they don't have the cache that the SATA drives do. It took about 30 minutes to create an 8 Gb ISO from the dual layer DVD-Rs I had. (If you have single layer DVDs they will probably be a lot faster.) The drive is pretty quiet for reads anyway. It didn't get too warm from the 30 minute it was reading from the DVD.
Cons: The USB cable that comes attached is pretty short (about 8") but there is an USB y-extender so that should take care of that problem.
Overall Review: Very good external DVD burner. The read performance is very good. It is pretty low power since I was able it to use it on my USB 2.0 connection (without the splitter) when installing Windows 7.
Great little heater
Pros: Puts out a lot of heat for such a small heater (8x10x5). My 12x12 room gets very warm in about an hour. It probably increases the temperature about 10 degrees Fahrenheit in about 1-1.5 hours. Even in my living room + hallway + kitchen which is probably 400 square feet it will keep it warm after running it a few hours. I think it took 4 hours of running it on the 1500W setting and the temperature went from 58 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Very stable internal thermometer gauge. The unit maintains the temperature pretty accurately when using the temperature gauge. It has 2 front and 1 top handles. The cord length is about 65-66 inches so pretty good without an extension.
Cons: The 750W setting doesn't seem as useful as the 1500W setting. The temperature gauge never seems to work correctly on this mode. Of course that may be because the room never reaches the desired temperature at that setting -- I'm not sure exactly. It does get pretty warm if you run it for a few hours straight (without the temperature gauge on) but that is to be expected since the unit is made of some kind of metallic alloy.
Overall Review: Good heater for small to medium size room. Fast for raising temps 10 degrees Fahrenheit quickly.
Good drive, read maximized
Pros: Thin shape but not too thin. Doesn't interfere with other things on my USB hub. Great reads on most files -- around 120-150 Mb/s. Decent writes on small files (25-40 Mb/s) and good writes on large files (75-100 Mb/s).
Cons: Writes on small files (4-10 Mb) are pretty slow and they bottom at about 20-25 Mb/s but better than a lot of other drives. It does pretty warm if you write to it for the 40-45 minutes required to fill it up.
Overall Review: Good drive for writing large files and of course reading any size files. The cap is a little strange -- it doesn't always fit on the back of the drive. It is very finicky.