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iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS Trayless HDD Cage Review - Installation, Testing and Final Thoughts

By: Chris Ramseyer | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: iStarUSA





The drive cage looks really good in our Cooler Master ATSC 840 brushed aluminum case.




Here we see a Western Digital RED 1TB HDD installed in the trayless iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS. With the system powered up, the power LED shines blue, and the HDD activity LED flashes purple.




With a set of cables installed, we did find one little issue that is an annoyance more than anything. The SATA power and data cables plug in on the right side when looking at the drive cage from the back.


Most computers are setup for cable routing on the left side. That means the cables need to cross the path of the fan and stick out making for a messy installation.





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WD RED 1TB On Desk (Left) WD RED 1TB In BPN-DE230SS (Right)


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WD RED 1TB On Desk (Left) WD RED 1TB In BPN-DE230SS (Right)


In our two tests, we didn't observe any performance difference when using a Western Digital RED 1TB on a desk or in the BPN-DE230SS.



Final Thoughts


The iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS has a nice look and functions as advertised, but it doesn't have front mount USB ports like a similar unit we tested months ago for around the same price. I wouldn't count on the locking system doing more than slowing a thief down either. We were able to move the lock position with needle nose pliers.


At around $65, the iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS doesn't break the bank, and allows for easy access to HDDs in your system. I know several people who keep their case panels off so they can swap hard drives in and out, the iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS allows you to put your case panels on and still swap drives around.


If you're in the market, you can find more features in other products the same price or just a little more, but if you want a nice clean look and trayless convenience, the iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS is a good option.



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