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Pros: First off the prime thing that really stands out is a simple, but non-existant one in most simiular Cages / Racks, and that is the 3-5 air holes in each of the drive bay handles - that run the entire length of the span across the front of the drive (looking at the front of the cage) - this provides excellent air intake - and all across the drive space, not a little crack left at the very bottom or top of the bay - which is the normal implementation in almost all these devices. And the air ports are large too - very nice!!
Other Thoughts: Now, to the person who mentioned that this wasn't "...Real SAS..." - it is actually, the inside connection to the HDD itself is in fact just what you say is the 'True SAS type - it worrks on both types of drives - just the SAS is a solid bar (yes, containing both data and poer) - and on the back are ports for either a sata or a SAS connection - that should say something right there, in fact, many other cages just have a simple sata connection terminal...And if you are going to utilize - say a SFF-8087 (internal SAS multilane connector) on a Host SAS card, then you would want to use a SFF-8087 to 4 sata (in this case, you would use three for this cage) fanout cable, which would give you the connectors (sata form) to attach to the target (cage) port / terminals. There you would have cabling that is SAS compatable, and the cage does provide yellow - seperate ports for SAS hdd use, and thus you have true SAS compatable setup - there is no necessity for any 'sync' w/ power and data here..READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: WHEN ONE SPENDS TIME AT THE FORUM CDFRE*KS.COM (NOW MyCE.COM) ONE WILL FIND OUT THAT 'TRUE' LITE ON DRIVES (ONES WITH MEDIATEK CHIPSET(S)) ARE SOME OF THE BEST SCANNING DRIVES OUT THERE. NOW LITE ON DVD DRIVES ARE USUALLY REBADGED DRIVES FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS - THE iHAS*24-08 ARE 'TRUE LITE-ON's - THE -98 AND -32 SERIES ARE NOT - AND AS SUCH ARE NOT ABLE TO BE USED AS SCANNING DRIVES - THE LITE ON iHES208-08 IS A TRUE LITE ON AND IS ONE OF THREE THAT CAN SCAN BD MEDIA - AND IT IS CONSIDERED THE BEST ONE OF THE THREE.
Cons: THE LATEST BATCH OF THESE DRIVES - MANUFACTURED IN MARCH 2010 ARE NOT FUNCTIONING RIGHT - I ORDERED ONE AND THE SCAN RESULTS WERE OFF THE CHART - I RMA'eD IT AND THE REPLACEMENT WAS NO BETTER.
Other Thoughts: HOPEFULLY THE NEXT BATCH WILL BE BETTER - AS IT IS ONE OF THE LAST TRUE LITE ON DRIVES - I HOPE THEY JUST HAD A MANUFACTURING GLICH - NOW MANY DRIVES ARE MADE IN CHINA - GO FIGURE!!!
ONE CAN GET A TRUE LITE ON DVD DRIVE IN THE ASUS DRW-24B1ST OR DRW-24B1LT - THEY ARE GOOD DRIVES - VISIT MyCE FOR PATCHED FIRMWARE AND CROSSFLASHING INSTRUCTIONS TO TURN THEM INTO LITE ON USING FIRMWARE DRIVES...
Pros: UNIT IS ABLKE TO HOLD ONE OF EACH SIZED DRIVE - THAT'S A PLUS. THE 3.5 TRAY MECHANISIM MAKES SWAPPING OUT DRIVES FAIRLY EASY. THE 2.5 DRIVE IS SITUATED UNDERNEATH THE ENCLOSURE - MEANIUNG TO SWAP IT OUT WOULD REQUIRE REMOVING THE WHOLE UNIT FROM ONE'S TOWER - BEST FOR SSD BOOT DRIVES (SEE OTHER THOUGHTS). COMES WITH THREE SETS OF DIFFERENT SIZED MOUNTING SCREWS - NICE...
Cons: ONE HAS TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE TOO RUFF WITH THE INTERNAL COMPONENTS (TRAY) AND FRONT PANEL - THEY ARE NOT THE MOST STURDY. INSTRUCTIONS ARE BARELY READABLE AND SPARSE - BUT IT UNIT IS SELF EXPLAINITORY...
Other Thoughts: IF ONE HAS A SSD THAT NEEDS TO BE PERIODICALLY ERASED AND REIMAGED FOR PERFORMANCE MANTAINANCE - ONE SHOULD CONSIDER USING A 2.5 TO 3.5 DRIVE CONVERTER SO THAT THE SSD CAN BE PUT IN THE 3.5 TRAY SLOT - THAT WAY ONE WOULD ONLY HAVE TO PULL OUT TRAY AND OPEN THE CONVERTER (ICY____) AND SLIDE OUT TRAY - REAL QUICK - THEN ONE CAN USE AN EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE TO REIMAGE AND ERASE DRIVE - IF THAT IS HOW YOU PLAN ON DOING THIS - HOPEFULLY TRIM WILL BECOME BETTER IMPLEMENTED - MAKING THE SSD CLEANING PROCEEDURE UNECESSARY.READ FULL REVIEW