The Akasa Corporation has once again proved that
stepping away from the mainstream is worth the risk. We all
know that there are interesting novelty ideas that seem exciting at first, but eventually slide into the desk
drawers. However, the SATA-EX-BLUV Cable Adapter for SATA hard disks will never see the inside of my desk
drawer. The Cable Adapter makes it possible to connect any external SATA drive and the required power
directly to your motherboard, all through a brushed aluminum front panel or the optional PC backplate.
SATA data extension cable
SATA data internal cable
SATA power extension cable
SATA power internal cable
Optional PC backplate included
Optional PC backplate
SATA data extension UV cable
SATA power extension UV cable
INSTALLATION AND OPERATION
The SATA-EX-BLUV occupies a 3.5" front bay and connects to the onboard SATA and PSU power with standard plugs.
The front panel is very sleek and will blend smoothly with any aluminum case. Also, the wires attached to
the inside of the panel have a soft blue color so they don't create any visual clutter. Using the included
back plate adds yet another dimension the Cable Adapter. If you have no available drive bays, you can just
unscrew the SATA connectors from the front panel and apply it to the back plate. This option allows you to
still connect an external drive using the SATA-EX-BLUV Cable Adapter.
When I received the Akasa Cable Adapter, I didn't know what to make of it. Never before had I seen a computer
with a SATA port on the front of the case. Initially, it may seem like an unusual idea, but there has never
before been a more refreshing piece of hardware inside my case. Swapping hard drives is very tedious,
especially if your PC is tucked into your computer desk. Having the Cable Adapter lets you add and
remove hard drives with ease. Itís as simple as shutting off the box, and then just plugging in the
SATA drive. That's it. You will no longer have to crawl under your desk or unplug the multitude of
wires hanging from the back of your computer.
The Akasa SATA-EX-BLUV Cable Adapter is a great product because this connector will make everything involving
SATA drives that much easier. Akasa has proven once again that ideas that may first seem far fetched are not
always a lost cause, and innovations can be applied to all facets of technology. A thank you goes out to
Akasa and to
3dcool for providing the review sample.