In our testing we used two programs: HD Tune 2.55 and SiSoftware’s Sandra Lite 2009 SP1. We will be testing both USB and eSATA connection speeds for a 320GB Western Digital Caviar 16MB Cache Hard Drive. Here are the eSATA tests:
And the USB results:
The transfer rates were about the same compared to external drives that we’ve reviewed. Although the SiSoftware eSATA rates were a little lower than expected the USB results were still about average and even higher than normal with the HD Tune results.
The AeroCool CoolPanel 3 is a great multi-function device. Unlike some other panels the CoolPanel 3 offers not only 1, but 2 USB slots, an eSATA port, 56-in-1 card reader and HD audio jacks. The colored LCD display makes it all the better with the display of temperatures, fan speed and noise level. Although it isn’t that in depth it still gives a general idea of what’s going on inside of your case without having to turn your monitor on.
I was able to find the CoolPanel 3 online for about $46.99 which seems a little higher than other card readers, but I think it’s well worth it for the extra features included with this device. ThinkComputers awards the AeroCool CoolPanel 3 Multi Function Card Reader a 9 out of 10 score.
– Fully featured
– Color LCD Display
– Supports many devices
– Automatic fan control
– Easy to install and use
– 2 USB headers needed on motherboard
– Cards stick out from panel
– Some light from LCD bleeds through to CF slot