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Written by Ronald Tibbetts   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface
Closer Look: Master Panel II
Detailed Features: Master Panel II
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Vizo Master Panel II

The VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface is a multifunctional controller panel; an updated version to Vizo's original Master Panel, that brings added provisions and features to where their needed...Up front. Here at Benchmark Reviews we are very familiar with the ongoing revolution in portable media. Wheather its uploading play-lists for an MP3 player or the day's pictures from a digital camera; everyone wants a convenient way to manage their data without having to fumble around the back of their cases. This popular demand has even driven manufacturers to add the most basic I/O ports to the front of PCs. However, with there being so many proprietary media standards, a convenient and centralized solution is still missing from many if not all case designs, leaving consumers looking to after market solutions for their needs.

Benchmark Reviews today will be testing the VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface. Featuring twin fan controllers, with support for a wide array of devices; an "all-in-one" approach designed to fit right on the front of your PC. Keeping in mind the need for a convenient and centralized solution, we'll put to test whether or not Vizo's Master Panel II can can truly make it's claim "No need to go to the back...Do it in the front!".

VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface

The Master Panel II comes packed with support for USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and HiDef Audio, with Multifunctional Card Readers, an RCA A/V jack, and an eSATA port. (It's a wonder that Vizo had room left on the Master Panel II for the dual fan controllers). This is a design that will surely appeal to the "do-it-yourselfer" out there not happy with the lack of or current placement of stock ports afforded them. Another notable feature with the Master Panel II is that its card reader's four slots are active, allowing you to copy data between different memory cards at the same time. I'll go into that a little later in the review.

About the company: VIZO Technology Corporation

VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface

"VIZO Technology Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and designer of computer peripheral products serving customers around the world."

Vizo is known for their variety of cooling, case modding products, and peripherals. Recently making a name for themselves with their popular line of external Hard-drive enclosures.

Here is a quote from Vizo's site regarding their founding and company philosophy.

"Established in Taiwan in 1992, VIZO has expanded and now operates in the market completely reorganized and prepared to meet the demand for high quality products which are "Made in Taiwan".

We have the best team and own completely innovative technology. Our company's philosophy is simple: share results among the employees, build trust with our customers, maximize efficiency in our work and innovation in our designs. Utilizing many years of experience and a mature skill set, VIZO is able to provide PC users an incredible variety of "Do It Yourself" products and peripherals."

VIZO Features & SpecificationsVIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface

  • For 5.25" Bay
  • USB2.0 internal card reader 4 memory slots are active, which allows you to copy data between the different memory cards at the same time
  • Dual fan speed control knobs (4V -12 V)
  • Multi I/O transfer function (USB*2/ 1394 / eSATA/ RCA / audio*3)
  • Support hot plug and hot swappable. Must be attached to hot swappable compliant host to enable hot swappable function
  • No need to go to the back, do it in the front
  • Support WIN 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista
  • Support MAC OS 9.X/ X or above
  • Dimensions: 148(W) x 42(H) x 70(D) mm
  • Card reader Interface: USB2.0
  • Power Mode: USB power / DC 12V, 5V
  • Memory card slot:4 slots for: Compact Flash Type I/II, Micro Driver, Memory Stick(Duo*), Memory Stick Pro(Duo*), Smart Media, SD, mini SD*, Multi Media card, RS-MMC*, micro-SD*
  • Fan Control: 2*3pin fan RPM control knobs (4V-12V)
  • Weight: 90g
  • *Need card adapter

    Master Panel II Includes

  • Master Panel II Main Module
  • Power Adapter Cable
  • Fan Cables
  • USB Cables
  • MIC Cable
  • 1394 Cable
  • Line in / out Cable
  • SATA Cable
  • RCA Cable
  • Accessory Package
  • 98 Driver CD for Card Reader
  • User Manual


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