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NZXT Bunker Secure USB 2.0 Drive Bay Review
|Date:||Fri, Feb 04, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
To try out the NZXT Bunker we found several different USB devices that had different types of connectors and plugs to make sure they would fit. Every USB 2.0 device that we could find around the office had no problem being locked up into the enclosure.
Here is a shot of the NZXT Bunker with three USB devices plugged in and locked up. The Bunker looked great in the Corsair Obsidian 800D PC case that we tried it out in, but it didn't like the slide locking mechanism that Corsair used for the 5.25" drive bays. This meant that the Bunker needed to be screwed in and we ran into the issue we talked about on the previous page.
Since the bunker doesn't come with screws and holes in the plastic frame aren't threaded, we had to gather up the right screws for the job. Having to look for parts in order to install something you just bought is never a good thing and we hope that NZXT addresses this on future revisions.
When we do a review on a USB hub we always get people asking about the power available to the USB ports, so we checked to see how much power the ports could handle. The NZXT Bunker has 500mA of total power available to each of the four USB ports instead of 100mA max seen on some devices. This is good as many media card readers, cell phones and other large power devices need more than 100mA per port. For example, Corsair HS1 Gaming Headphones require 500mA and NVIDIA's Stereoscopic 3D IR emitter requires 400mA.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
The NZXT Bunker proved to be an innovative product that solves a problem that people have with their computers. Anyone from a LAN gamer to someone working in an office cubical could benefit from a device like this as you don't have to worry about your favorite mouse or headset being stolen when you leave the room for a few minutes. At $24.99 the guys at NZXT aren't asking much for the product, either, and that is always a plus.
So, is the NZXT Bunker worth it? If you are looking for a way to expand your front USB 2.0 ports and lock your devices up we'd have to say that it is worth it. That said, we do hope to see some improvements on the product in the future. We would love to see one made out of metal and one that supports USB 3.0. We all know that USB 3.0 is pretty much standard on any new motherboard that you buy, so it would be nice to see a Bunker that supports those ports as well. Making the housing metal and offering USB 3.0 headers would increase the price of the product, but at the end of the day it would be a better product that would have a longer lifespan. It also wouldn't be a bad idea for NZXT to toss in the proper screws since they didn't thread the holes in the enclosure!
Legit Bottom Line: The NZXT Bunker is a great way to lock up your devices, but the design of the product could use some minor adjustments.
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