Summary: At least I didn't have to spend more and get something completely different.
Pros: This is an update to my last review titled "So Close". I can now use this front panel adapter as intended thanks to the HD audio extender sold here, item # N82E16812201025 Everything working well now.
Cons: Should not have had to buy an extender for a product in this price range
Summary: That this panel comes with a silver front panel was a major purchasing decision factor here. Newegg: why don't you have a SINGLE dvd/blueray drive with anything but black panels? Sure, they may sell better, but you may lose a few sales too.
Pros: Has extra features that few panels do, like a a full sized 1394A port, ESATA and CF card slot. Ample cable lengths, and connectors. Not a bad price for what you get.
Cons: You can only use one SD/MS/XC type card at a time, because it's a single multi-use slot. Trying to insert and remove MS-DUO cards into this one is an exercise in patience. You have to jiggle it until it exactly hits the right pins, because there is no guide. Removal is difficult without tweezers,...
Summary: Other than the SATA cable/connector mentioned above, a good product.
Pros: Looks good in my Lian-li case. USB and eSATA ports are a nice tight fit (I don't use the firewire). Had the combination of ports I needed - USB, eSATA, and CF.
Cons: The eSATA wan't working properly, so I swapped out the provided internal cable with a high quality SATA cable that had a tighter fit. eSATA worked to spec after that. I didn't do further testing to determine if the cause was a faulty cable of the rather loose fit with the connector on the PCB, bu...
Summary: My PC sits in an enclosed niche, so top panel connections on my Cooler Master case are useless. Since I also need a card reader, the Silverstone panel makes for a good solution. While it doesn't have some of the features I like on so many other multifunction panels, the quality is where it should...
Pros: Solidly built, clean looking, and brings essential functions to the front of my case.
Cons: I would rather have seen an adapter of some kind rather than the permanent pigtails attached to the Firewire connector. Not much trouble to tape them down though.