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Q-Tec 750H USB 2.0

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      22.12.2003 19:34
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      Introduction In my continuous search for more storage I struck it lucky when all of a sudden I found myself the owner of a spare hard disk drive. Read my IBM 75 GXP review to know more. Now I could have either installed this as an extra drive in one of my PCs or I could push things further by doing something more creative with it and making this extra storage readily available almost anywhere I like. Q-tec 750H In comes Q-tec which proposes an external housing for just such a hard disk drive. Those of you that have followed my reviews will know that by now I'm fully up-to-date with USB 2.0 in my PC and oh what a coincidence this is exactly the interface this Q-tec external harddisk drive housing uses ! Technical specifications of the 750H USB 2.0 interface guaranteeing speeds of up to 480Mbps and which is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 Has room for one 3.5" size harddisk - Q-tec supports drives up to 120 Gigabytes in size Two light emitting diodes (LEDs) for Power, Data and USB status indications Built-in cooler fan Plug & Play compliant Windows and Mac compatible Product size (HxWxD in mm): 51 x 135 x 217 mm Gross weight: 1,25 kg What's in the box ? External HDD case USB 2.0 cable Power cable Power supply Mounting material (screws+rubber feet) CD-ROM with drivers User's manual System requirements CPU Pentium 266 USB port (USB 2.0 Recomended) CD-ROM drive WIN 98,ME,2000,XP / MAC OS 8.6 - OS X 230VAC power 3.5" harddisk Harddisk drive installation If you are the least bit handy with a Philips screwdriver you have quickly opened up the drive by unscrewing two screws located underneath. This allows you to split the housing in two and reveals the blue box' internals. Nothing spectacular there just a small
      printplate (PCB plate) with the USB2.0 controller to IDE convertor and equipped with the connectors for both USB and power and two protruding LEDs. At the bottom of the case sits the cooler fan which is central on a ribbed plate. You plug the short IDE cable and the power connector coming out of this PCB plate the right way up in the rear of your harddisk drive and then wriggle the disk and its cables with the PCB plate in its place back in the drive and screw the whole lot back together and you're in business. The cooler fan mentionned in the specifications is located in the underside of the housing sucking in air and pushing it out over the drive trough small openings in the topside. THE GOOD + This housing gives you a wealth of external storage to play with, you are limited only by the storage capacity of the harddisk drive you decide to put in it. Q-tec supports up to 120 Gigabytes harddrives. This gives you the edge over complete packages (case with a harddisk preinstalled) that are also on the market. With current harddisk prices this is definitely the cheaper solution. + The case has its own cooler fan, making sure that all types and brands of harddrives run cool in all conditions + The case has its own external power feed, making you independent of the USB bus power as is sometimes found in other models of external harddrive casings. + And it's not a bad looker either. THE BAD - The cooler fan is relatively noisy. - You need to feel up to installing a harddisk drive in the Q-tec case yourself - The PCs to which you wish to connect it had better have USB 2.0 on board or datatransfer will be very slow - Because it has its own powerfeed through an adaptor this makes for an extra cable and the need for a free power socket. Similar external drives exist that take their power through the USB-bus and thus can do with just the one (USB)
      cable. - with its size, weight and need for a power adaptor not really the ideal portable storage solution Conclusion Let's just say that this is a somewhat portable storage solution. It's biggest advantage being that there is virtually no limit to the amount of data you can carry around. The drive is easily recognized by all modern operating systems the moment it is under power and plugged into one of your PC's USB ports. So the next time someone shows off his 128 megabytes USB-key you can smack him your mobile 120 GIGABYTES (or less) drive in the face. Just try to picture how much movies, mp3s and other fun stuff that is ! Cheers, Vik

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