Sold my desktop, but needed something to stop disks in order to do backups. I am happy with the product itself, purely in terms of performance and functionality, but there are some small details that make that I can not give it any stars.
+ Sync mode
- Short USB cable
- Loud fan
- Inadequate user guide
(- Protective cover)
Sync mode works so that the receiver is in standby as long as no USB cable is plugged into a computer. Plug the cord into the computer starts box and within seconds you can access disks.
The included USB cable is only 1m. There is not much to play with, especially if you want to try to pull the cable so it is a bit hidden.
The fan can be set at different speeds and an auto mode. But even in the lowest speed, I feel the fan is quite loud.
The instructions are not so clear. No illustrations, but only step-by-step text. It's not really tricky product, but I would have liked a clearer description. Then there's the manual that sibling product with RAID functions, which confuses a little.
(To insert the disks you open a door, behind it sits a plate that holds the disks in place, which is easy to remove, then just sliding its 3.5 "drives in one of the four palaces. But between the plate and the "front" of the disk is a small gap. And that gap, they have chosen to remove by mounting on a small piece of plastic on the counter. Screws and screwdriver supplied in the box, so it is quick to assemble, but I do not really understand why they are not only made to the plate to take on / been pressing directly against the disks to keep them in place?)
Now I use it mostly as backup and file server, so it is only on when it is time to backup or access any old movie or series. So it is not so often. But will it be on longer periods maybe I should think about having the door open, for it is quite solid now. A better solution might have been to have some form of network / vents on the front to get a little better air flow and cooling. Or allow only door open ...
Conclusion: If you have multiple 3.5 "drives that do not have space for a desktop computer or need to access 24/7, so this is a product that I recommend.