Published: 15th January 2008 | Source: Ultra Products | Price: $220.00 |
Let's start with the basics on the Stackables. It definitely does not hurt to have matching accessories sitting next to your computer, and personally I'm a black enthusiast when it comes to PCs, so these nicely influence my love of black. They are sleek and stack together nicely to fit next to my monitor.
The 'stack' starts with the power supply, and then is followed by whatever combination of the other Stackables you'd like to add. I chose to arrange them with the two external hard drive enclosures on the bottom, followed by the media reader. The media reader was much skinnier than the other two Stackables, so I though that looked best. Each Stackable comes with soft plastic feet that you can attach to the bottom of the unit, which fit nicely into the rivets on top of each unit, allowing you to use any order you'd like.
The power supply is a nice aluminum unit, with a great black finish. The rest of the Stackables cases are plastic with a texture to them best described as 'rubbery suede'. Personally, I would have preferred all of the units be aluminum or plastic in order for them to match, but the logic behind this is most likely that aluminum would be too heavy for the Stackables, but not the power supply.
Also, for added functionality, each Stackable comes with a power cord so you can use it individually without the power supply. This allows you to just buy the external enclosure or media reader/USB hub. Each Stackable also comes with 2 small stands allowing you to stand it on it's side if that looks better to you.
Another nice addition is the Three-Year Warranty supplied by Ultra Products for every Stackable.
The power supply is 180-watts, which is more than enough power for all your stackable needs.
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The power supply came in a nice box, with information in both English and Spanish. A few pictures of the power supply are included on the box, and a picture of what a stack with every Stackable available would look like.
Inside the box you will find the Power Supply Unit itself, 1 power input cord, 6 DC power cords (to power each stackable), 2 stands for the unit, and a manual. The stands give the power supply unit something to sit on and have little rubbery grips on the bottom to keep your stack in place. The power cords supplied for each stackable very in length to reach the furthest Stackables, and still be tidy for the closest.
The power supply unit has a nice aluminum finish. The blue LEDs on the front correspond to the power outlets on the back, and light up when a Stackable is drawing power. The unit goes along with the black box theme of the Stackables, but, as I mentioned earlier, the aluminum does not match the other Stackables. The power supply powers every stackable you'll use effortlessly, and it's a great addition if you plan on buying two or more Stackables because it cuts down on the amount of wires. It gives off a fair amount of heat out of the back, but nothing prohibitive or highly noticeable, which is to be expected from a power supply.