I purchased one of these racks after a long history of using top two name brands. I made my decision because I was buying a new server from Dell and it was easy to buy the rack at same time.
Problems: No welded joints. Its all screwed together. This rack shakes more than an empty cereal box. Front and rear doors squeak since there is no nylon washers and poorly hung hardware. They wont last longer than a year. The side panels are paper thin. There is NO cross-member support on these panels. They hang down like a shower curtain instead of a solid peice of metal. Once you hang them, do not remove or they will bend. I sliced both my fingers on them. The video on the page that shows installation of server equipment into the rack is NOT the rack being sold; its another competitors rack or an older version.
This should not be sold as a server rack; it is a sick joke and makes me wonder what somebody was thinking by putting DELLS name all over this?
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Review 2 for PowerEdge 4220
Good Quality, Bad Design
PostedApril 29, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
Build quality is awesome and they were delivered with no issues. Holds the servers great, but dealing with cabling and PDUs is a nightmare. I use 4 Dell 220v 20AMP PDUs in each rack on the right side. The C14 connections feel VERY loose and the side mounting causes cords to extend at least 3 inches towards the middle of the rack. I recommend wrapping the exterior of the C14 cable with 3 layers of electric tape to prevent them from falling out. Attempting a "top of rack" switch approach is not recommended. I had to extend cable managers 2” off the back 2-post in order to allow CAT 6 cables to enter the side of the managers. The wider version of this model may be more suitable, but I would not recommend.
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Review 3 for PowerEdge 4220
Duration of Product Use:Over 6 months
Level of Expertise:Expert
4220 Rack Enclosurer
PostedAugust 23, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
I've bought several Dell racks over the year. I love their racks.
The only negative thing I can say about this newer rack is trying to reverse the door. It was a pain and the documentation did not match the door. I got Dell Support on the line. They couldn't believe that it was incorrect. I sent them pictures of everything that had to be done to get the hinges on the other side. I ended purchasing tools so I could remove it. The hardest part was making sure the bolts did not fall down, because if they did you would need a magnic to remove since it would end up in a whole at the bottom of the rack.
I also was missing two stabalizing bars.
I never heard back from dell on either of the issues. I never got my stabalizing feet. I should probably call dell and check on the status since it has been 10 months.
I gave them a 5 star because it is a solid product. The switch of the door hinges was a pain, but I was able to figure it out and get it resolved with help from Dell.
I still want my two missing stabalizing bars and will need to call them on it.
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