|VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts|
|Wednesday, 07 November 2007|
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Final Thoughts: Vizo Master Panel II
The Master Panel II has been designed for a growing market that demands easy access and support for modern devices, yet It isn't without its flaws. However, it whole heartedly succeeds in its claim of "No need to go to the back...Do it in the front!" This is a little piece of hardware will free you from constantly pulling out a case to get to obscure ports hidden in back, and doing so without loss of performance. Embodying the "everything-but-the-kitchen-sink" approach, I did not find the Master Panel II lacking in its support for modern connections. Personally, I would have liked to seen a digital LED readout for Temperature Monitoring to go along with the fan controllers, but I see how this straight forward design has its own appeal, ensuring ease of use, while maintaining a certain price point.
The package containing the Master Panel II is perhaps the best I have seen to date. The box is clearly labeled, informative, and the items are securely placed within. However, I still fault Vizo for not packing their product more securely, and I hope resellers will include added protection.
With its matte black finish the Master Panel II should seamlessly fit in with many case designs. However, should someone want a different color, they will be at a loss with the only current color option only being black.
Constructed of light weight, high-grade plastic the Master Panel II is rugged enough to take some physical abuse. It even withstood being dropped inadvertently several times without a scratch. The treaded copper mounting screws make installation in the 5.25" bay very easy, while also being secure. And although the pins headers have me concerned they will not survive after many re-installations, they offer a secure and universal interface.
If support for almost everything under the sun is whats desired, then the Master Panel II will not leave you wanting. And though you will find many controller panels on the market today, for perspective, none of the other controller panels at this price point offered the eSATA standard that has become so vital to external storage needs.
It may be a humorous statement, but Vizo's claim "No need to go to the back...Do it in the front!" couldn't be any more true when it comes to the Master Panel II.
+ Sharp looking design
- No color option other then black
Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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