Date: November 14th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sans Digital
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The design of the unit is simple with two pairs of hard drive trays dominating most of the front. There is only one button and it is found below the drive trays along with ventilation holes to allow warm air to escape.
A closer look at the bottom shows the lone power button and two LEDs – a blue LED for power and an orange one for activity. The finish here on the front has a slight texture to it, but the rest of the unit has a smooth finish.
Drive trays are released by inserting one of the plastic “keys” into the hole on the front. It can then be pulled straight out. Six of these keys are included but in case you lose any of them, a small screwdriver can be used to unlock the trays just as easily.
Peeking inside gives a clear look at how the interior is divided up into two sections. Personally, I'd like to see a more open area for the drives since this interior looks to be a bit restrictive for airflow.
Moving to the rear, a neat arrangement of ports lines the bottom half of the unit and an 80mm exhaust fan provides cooling. You have your choice of using Ethernet, USB 2.0, eSATA, and Firewire for adding external storage units. A cool feature described in the manual is the ability to attach a monitor and USB keyboard directly to the unit, allowing it to be administered using a command line interface. Remember that this product uses a Linux operating system, so knowledge of Linux commands is a must if you want to set it up that way.
Four large feet provide stability and more importantly, keep the bottom of unit raised up to promote more airflow underneath the drives. These feet can be removed since a single screw is the only thing holding each one in place, but I don't see any legitimate reason to do so.