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Areca ARC-8050U3 USB-C RAID DAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | RAID in Storage | Posted: Dec 15, 2018 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Areca

Packaging and a Closer Look

 

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Packaging is quite plain for the U3. We do have an image of the enclosure on the front with no real branding at all.

 

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On the spine of the box, we have the box dotted for our USB 3.1 G2 model.

 

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Scope of delivery included an ethernet cable, power cable and USB-C cable. We also have drive screws and guide.

 

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The LCD panel hasn't changed since we reviewed the T3 a little over a year ago. It does offer full control with up and down buttons to navigate the menu along with enter and escape. To the left, we have LEDs for power, activity, and alerts

 

 

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The drive trays are steel with plastic liners to reduce vibration.

 

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The trays take up much of the front exterior, they are not lockable trays but do include their own LEDs.

 

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The backside offers power input up top with USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet and the SFF port for expansion.

 

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Internally, we have a look at the SAS backplane.

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