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A.C.Ryan AluBox Digital Video Recorder Preview

The AluBoxDVR runs on Parallel ATA, so be sure to get yourself a PATA hard drive.

The power and IDE cables are of ideal length, so no worries about struggling to install a hard disk because of cables that are too short, or how to pack it back in after installing a hard drive in the case of long cables.

The top looks very very clean. All the components are hidden on the underside of the PCB. Unfortunately, I was unable to draw the PCB out from the metal housing to get some shots because of some components getting a little stuck.

What we have here are the four LEDs that light up for for power, CF/SD card access, hard disk access and recording and errors.

We didn’t really like the idea of just suspending a small, thin PCB on an even thinner and soft piece of metal. It holds fine, no doubt about it, but users may need to be a bit more careful if they happen to be especially clumsy when handling electronics.

The SD/MMC slot is just below the suspended PCB.

Here is a closer look for the receiver for the remote control unit, as well as the CompactFlash slot.

Also notice the two tiny black screws beside the RF receiver unit. These two screws are responsible for keeping the PCB in place.

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