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The FP58 is a high quality device bay designed for those looking to add an optical drive to their PCs while maintaining streamlined look on the front panel. Its aluminum bezel is beautifully finished in hairline brush pattern and anodized to provide great match to either black or silver colored aluminum cases (FP58 is available in black or silver colored versions). The only break on the front bezel styling comes from a discreet cutout that works with slot-loading slim optical drive. In addition to fitting slim optical drive, the FP58 effectively uses the rest of the available 5.25" drive bay space for installation of up to four 2.5" hard drives or SSDs.
Excellent construction and fit
Dimensions of the bay do not exceed the dimensions of the largest component (i.e. the optical drive).
Package includes all screws you will need (including slim optical mounting screws)
You can fit FOUR 2.5-in hard drives in there AS WELL.
Beautiful dark, brushed metal finish.
No micro-sata cables or adapters for slim line to desktop conversion.
No eject button (but this was a positive for me, see below)
I constructed a solid HTPC in a Silverstone Milo ML03B budget HTPC case. Since the case was about the same size as a VCR, the internal components were going to be a tight fit.
I initially installed a LG GGC-H20L blu ray combo drive but it was 2mm too long (190mm including the bezel).
I then installed a Samsung SH-B083L and it was a perfect fit (184mm including the bezel).
However, my 11-month old crawling baby would love to open the tray and pull up on it to bring himself to a standing position.
Needless to say, something had to be done. This accessory was the perfect solution.
I used a faceless (or bezel-less) slot load blu-ray combo drive that I pulled out of my Dell Studio XPS 1640. This drive did not have an eject button, either.
The combination works superbly. The “fins” or fabric of the slot in the FP58 provide the perfect amount of resistance so that it is still very natural loading discs and ejecting them doesn’t send them flying across the living room floor. Rather, the eject works as expected and the disc is right there, center-hole entirely visible.
I also unplugged the reset button header from the motherboard and set the power button to “do nothing” in Windows. In the BIOS, the power button is set to require a 4-second press to power down. All these steps resulted in a relatively baby-proof HTPC.
This seemed to me to be the perfect solution, as it will hold four 2.5" hard drives (of which I have two, not including the already-installed 3.5" hard drives) as well as a laptop slot-loading CD CD-RW/DVD-RW/Blu-Ray drive. The hardest part for me was figuring out how to mount the hard drives; for some reason I thought the screws would install from the sides of the unit, when in fact they install on the bottom of the ‘tray’ that sits inside the unit.
I really have no complaints; build quality is excellent and it works as advertised.
Can be tricky to install more than two HDDs, but they’ll fit, just mind the thickness of HDDs if installing more than two. As I only installed two this was not a problem for me.
It seems to be a pretty solid construction. The appearance of the front matches the ML03 case which is a bonus when aesthetics are important. Unlike the ML03 case’s front being plastic, this bracket’s front is metal. You’d never know the two are different materials from looks alone.
On a side note, this lacks an eject button for the slot load ODD. This can be a plus or drawback depending on your application. For me it is nice because it means fewer buttons on the front of my HTPC for my 18 month old daughter to push.
I installed a Sony Optiarc BC-5640H into this. It came with its own faceplate, which is still on it. Not sure if that matters to most.