Kingwin F-35 Reviewtacohunter52 - August 27, 2009
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Removing the F-35's wrapping reveals a very shiny external enclosure. When I say shiny, I mean shiny. The F-35 could be used as a black hard drive-encasing mirror. This is both a strength and a weakness. It is a strength for a one simple reason; it looks awesome. However, let's move on to the weaknesses; it's black and shiny. This means two things. Every time you touch it, you'll be leaving huge fingerprints. If you don't mind seeing fingerprints, or wiping them off, then it's not that big of a deal. What's a big deal is that the F-35 is a dog hair magnet as well. No matter where I put it down it would some how end up with dog hair on it. As if to make matters worse, the shiny black surface makes the dog hair stand out. This was driving me crazy, because I was constantly wiping down fingerprints and pulling off dog hair. If you're not OCD like me, then your sanity might last a bit longer.
Located on the back of the F-35 is the on/off switch. Also located on the back is where you'll connect the USB cord and the 12V adapter to the F-35. The front of the F-35 is shiny and black. When powered On, a blue LED lights up. The bottom is, well, not that interesting.
In order to install an HDD, you'll need to open up the F-35. Doing so is extremely easy. On the bottom is a single screw. As soon as you remove it, the top cover will swing open. In order to remove your HDD after it's installed, you'll have to push the black switch down, located on top of the metal bay. This pushes the HDD out of the F-35.
Both of the shiny plastic sides are identical. The only difference is that one side has some white added onto it. There is a grill on each side to prevent dust from getting into the enclosure. Oddly enough, both fans are intake fans, but I guess this makes more sense then having a push/pull configuration, especially because an HDD would completely stop the airflow. The drive bay itself is a metal enclosure with an open bottom. Attached to either side of the metal bay are two intake fans. These fans then connect to the F-35's PCB, which is connected to the top cover.
The PCB looks much like the reverse of what you'd see on your HDD. It's got the SATA connectors you'd typically use for any SATA HDD. Sadly, you will not be able to use your older IDE hard drives with the F-35. The rear end of the PCB is more what you'd expect a PCB to look like. It has some transistors, the fan connectors, a crystal oscillator, and an LED connector. The two connectors that you see connected to the PCB are either very firmly in place, or have been soldered together. When I tried to remove them, the pins started to slide out from the back of the PCB. For this reason they remained in the photo.
This wouldn't be a "Closer Look" page without showing you what comes with the F-35. So without further adieu, purchasing the F-35 will get you a USB cable, a 12v wall wart, two extra screws, and a manual.
Now that we've seen all the goodies, let's see how the F-35 performs.