The Proware miniEPICa Series EP-m501-AA
The enclosure is able to be used on its side as shown here, or upright. There are three status LEDs on the outside of the case and each drive carrier also has a pair of status lights. The only thing lacking on the front of the unit is a power button; you will have to reach around to the back of the enclosure to turn the system on and off.
The sides, or in some cases, the top of the unit is quite attractive. You will feel comfortable with the EP-m501-AA sitting on your desk or under it.
Our test sample arrived in Silver and the paint appears to be nice. This area is also where you will find the model and serial number information.
The enclosure has a quiet fan that keeps the drives cool. Also on the back you will find the power switch, eSATA port and a plug-in for the external power brick. By moving the power outside of the box, Proware was able to reduce heat output keeping the system cooler and also reducing the overall size.
The drive sleds are made out of aluminum and are quite nice. The copper inserts on each side keep vibration from the drives to a minimum, further reducing the acoustic profile of the system.
Proware includes a manual, power brick, eSATA cable, software disk and enough screws to fill the system. I found the manual to be well written and easy to follow.