If you had a billion dollars to put in a bank, would you trust a Swede, or a German? If you wanted to invest in a new automobile, would you lean towards a Japanese vehicle, or a Korean made car? Haven't caught on yet? I'll give you one more example, this time a little more obvious. If you were to purchase a bottle of drinking water, would you rather have Canadian H2O, or Iranian water? First of all, I'd like to make it clear in stating that I am not a racist; nor does the point I'm going to make have anything to do with a certain race. Instead, I'm merely stating an observation that as consumers, we have created world-wide-product-stereotypes on what certain countries can and can't do –- or to be less harsh, what countries are good at, and what they aren't. Of course, these few 'cans' could very well be the pride of a nation. The flip side, however, is a little bit more humorous when this country tries another 'thing', and simply put, fails miserably, haha. South Korea also falls into this category. Undoubtedly Korea has its international successes (I.e., music industry, at least in my opinion; oh and who can forget their amazing potatoes), but also has their not so proud moments (Ever seen a true car enthusiast complement a Kia or Hyundai with a genuinely straight face?). What the world doesn't see as much though –- aside from us techni-fatics -- is the rise of electronics seen by Korean companies. Aside from highly respectable companies such as LG and Samsung, what about Zalman? Getting my hands on a unit made by a relatively smaller company competing against the big boys like Thermaltake and Cooler Master definitely gets the blood pumping. So, with my cultural-product-stereotype rant done, my sleeves rolled up, and my new unit beside me, let's get on with review! But wait, I haven't even introduced you to this sleek and innovative product. Today, I will introduce you to the Zalman ZM-VE200. On the surface, this seems like just another HDD enclosure, but it definitely has something up it's sleeve to impress the unimpressed... or does it? Unfortunately Fortunately you'll have to read the rest of this review to find out!
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