|-- Hardcano 8 VR
-- Price: $19.99
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The unit itself is made of aluminum that has been anodized blue.
The knobs are made out of what appears to be machined aluminum that
has been anodized with a clear coat. A sticker that points out
the fan number and its setting completes the front.
When you take a look at the unit
from the rear you can see that there is very little in the way of
electronics. There is only a small PCB that is bolted to the
frame. You can also see that the #1 port has a heatsink, and
contains slightly different circuitry. This is because that port
has a higher capacity than the other ones. 1A vs. the .35A max
load of the other three. This was a unfortunate design mistake.
I think that all four should have been manufactured with the same
specs as channel 1. This would have cleared up a lot of the
confusion in the manual, made the bay more reliable, and greater
voltage accuracy. While this isn't a serious problem for me,
it does cause concern.
When you get a closer look at the
PCB, you can see how simple the design is. There are 4 voltage
inputs and 4 voltage outputs. For me this was a crippling design
flaw. Instead of having one voltage input that takes care of the
entire bay (preferably a Molex connector), they chose to put 4
separate voltage inputs on the board. While this may be
marginally useful if you want to rig up some system with the ability
to turn fans on and off independently or use it in conjunction with
something like a DigiDoc 5, for the average consumer this just adds a
nightmare of wiring issues and confusion.