Date: September 15th, 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
This little cube shaped enclosure turned out to be smaller than I originally expected, making it a good choice for desks with limited space. It's quite nice looking and has a few status lights, LCD screen, and navigation buttons neatly arranged on the front.
Here's a quick rundown of what each button does, taken straight from the manual:
POWER LED turns on when the unit powers on.
TEMPERATURE LED turns on when the unit overheats (over 70 degrees Celsius).
ALERT LED turns on when a hard drive fails.
Arrow up and arrow down buttons navigate and select setup options on the LCD panel.
ESC button cancels selections.
ENTER button selects and confirms selections.
BACKUP button offers one-touch desktop to unit file backup (Additional Software Required).
MUTE button turns off the alarm when unit overheats or when a hard drive fails.
The back features a built in power supply, on/off switch, and an eSATA and USB 2.0 port. There is also a cooling fan that adjusts speed automatically based on temperature. Looking in closer…
…reveals a small dial that is used for setting the RAID mode. A small flathead screwdriver is needed to turn the dial to the desired mode. For reference, each number is labeled (in non-technical terms) to its corresponding RAID mode. The “GUI” option is for RAID configuration from the LCD screen. Setup using the dial or LCD is simply a matter of preference.
The bottom has four rubber pads to keep it from sliding around on a desk. They get the job done quite effectively.