Review – Joe
SUMMARY: A very sturdy solution for HD portability with good cooling.
- Aluminum case (2mm thick) with front screen
- USB 2.0 interface
- Outer case aluminum, plastic front and rear panels
- Includes USB cable, external power supply, foot stand and mounting screws
- PC and MAC OS compatible
The enclosure ships with a stand, external power supply, USB cable and W98 driver disk:
The rear panel the USB port, power port and On-Off switch:
The front panel is a screen for air flow with a green power LED:
Two screws on the rear panel facilitate the removal of the internals:
The PCB is relatively compact:
The rear of the PCB features the external ports and power switch:
Once the HD is screwed onto the mounting rails, it’s ready to slip into the case:
I tested temps by mounting a thermocouple on the base of the HD’s spindle; temps were measured with the HD in the case and outside:
Not bad for passive cooling – a difference of 3.5ºC.
I tested HD transfer rates with HD Tach:
Transfer rates will be dependent upon the HD’s specs.
Mapower’s 3.5″ Aluminum HD Enclosure is a very sturdy solution for HD portability with good cooling for a passive system.
Thanks again to Mapower Electronics for allowing us to try this out.