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AMS DS-2188NEU3 Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA USB 3.0 External Enclosure w/ ExpressCard/34 (2-port) bundle

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 1TB
  • Aluminum

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Slawomir C.
  • 11/2/2012 4:24:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot as good as everyone says

Pros: Very well made - metal case. Good deal for a package (both the enclosure and usb3.0 adapter for your laptop) - assuming you need both, which I did. Everything you need included in one box.

Cons: 1. screws; to install the hdd you need to remove 2 screws, which in itself isn't a problem except these are 1.5mm hex - rather rare type.
2. once you install the hdd - you can't get it out unless you unscrew the other side or use tweezers...there should be a string of some sort to enable you to pull it out
3. pretty much every hdd you install will need extra power which means that you will need to use the enclosed USB-Power cable. At this point you will be "taking" 2 USB ports; one is the USB3.0 for communication and another will be to power the drive.
4. The addon card doesn't seem to deliver sufficient Voltage to drive other external drives that depend on USB 3.0 port for all the power.

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  • Michael F.
  • 9/26/2012 10:05:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat enclosure, bundled expresscard NOT Mac comaptible

Pros: Great looking compact enclosure that includes rubber vibration dampener and ventilation holes. All metal matte and brushed finish looks like it will stand up well to use over time.

Cons: Newegg and AMS list this combo as Mac OSX compatible, but only the enclosure is Mac compatible, not the expresscard ... this has been confirmed by AMS tech support.

Other Thoughts: I hope that newegg and AMS update their website information to clear up this issue.

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  • Saul G.
  • 6/12/2012 11:55:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSame as Gauntlet?

Pros: Nicely Made
It Just Works
Only 2 Screws

Cons: Pricey for what it is - see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: This unit appears to be the same as the now discontinued Patriot Memory Gauntlet PCGT25S, which cost half as much but did not include the extra Express Card. Unless you need the Express Card, it is not a very good deal.
I see little point in trying to benchmark an external enclosure, but I will say that I am satisfied with the transfer speed. As other reviewers have stated, it is well made, and feels solid, although the tapping for the screws could be better. I have used mine with regular HDDs and SSDs with good results.

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/25/2011 9:54:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Good...So, So Good.

Pros: I needed an enclosure because I often do laptop repairs and upgrades. I chose this particular enclosure because at the time I was also in the market for a USB hub, and I'm a sucker for two-in-one packages. I was surprised by the quality and design of this enclosure, as well as the simplicity of everything involved. If anyone were in the market for this type of enclosure, I'd steer them in this direction every time.

Cons: Even though there are some things that bug me, as listed below, these aren't really "Cons" so much as "If everything is perfect I'm going to find something wrong so I can fill the text box"

Other Thoughts: There isn't enough wrong with this product that it loses an egg, but there are a few things that bug me:
- I wish the two separate cables were a combo cable
- Having to find a screwdriver every time I want to open the enclosure
- Not being free

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  • Ray R.
  • 7/13/2011 9:28:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love these cases

Pros: Have 2 of these. They are Sleek, Solid, and have nice Simple design. Very Fast. The back up software that comes with it is actually pretty good

-can easily house a SSD should you decide to put one in and the speeds can handle one too

-If you use the express card, its great, but take it out when u dont need cause it will catch on something if you move you laptop around a lot like me

Cons: -The cost. I will buy more of these but the price tag could be lower. They need to sell a kit without the USB 3.o express card for 40$ and I would buy another right now.

-Express card is a little bulky that and you might never use but are paying for it
-limited to 640gb

Other Thoughts: Replacing your laptops HDD with an SSD and putting the HDD in here is always a great idea

The cons here, are slight ones... and not enough to keep me from getting another. 640gb limit is not really a big deal because if your looking for max storage space, you shouldnt be looking at a 2.5" enclosure to begin with unless u have a spare 750gb + 2.5" HDD

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  • Joshua L.
  • 5/21/2011 10:44:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: light aluminum design
quick and easy assembly
long USB3 cord

Cons: hdd light bright as hell
auxiliary power cable as second cord less than ideal
cannot get ExpressCard to work on my nix laptop

Other Thoughts: everything works as stated. strong, light, easy to use.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/22/2011 6:19:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs10 EGGS!! NO CRACKS!

Pros: my 2.5 SATA hardrive fits perfectly in this baby. no extra space or extra plastic junk inside, just the right space needed for the HDD to fit perfectly and well. upon shaking the external enclosure with the HDD inside, i didn't here nothing and not a single slide or bump. it's a perfect fit. really slick thin pocket size and very well done design and construction. looks exactly as advertised. super speed USB 3.0 built in and very fast. i don't even need the extra power supply cable that was provided in the package.

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: hands down this product IS what you pay for. well worth my $68.99 as to other cheap $10 external enclosure that everyone seems to complain about.

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  • Robert B.
  • 1/18/2011 10:07:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely well made product

Pros: Very high quality construction which impressed me upon opening the box. The HD case is made of anodized aluminum with very good fit and finish and has no junk plastic parts. They provide both a USB 3 cable as well as an additional USB cable for additional in case your HD needs more power than the adapter can supply. Everything worked the first time and I have not encountered any problems. I use this with a refurbished Dell m6300 lap top I purchased a few months ago. Though it is not a gaming laptop it has enough horse power to play most of my Steam games and the reason I bought this product was to install my Steam folder on this drive and I have been successfully using it on all my pc's so I intend on deleting my Steam folder on my gaming desktop pc to free up disk space. I am also glad I waited until USB 3 was available, it is very FAST.

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: I am so impressed with this AMS product that I intend on purchasing their VENUS T5C mini DS-2250C 5 disk Raid enclosure that is also available here on New Egg. I was also impressed with their tech support staff. I called them to ask some pre-sales questions and was pleasantly surprised that they answered their phone quickly and were very helpful and knowledgeable. At the time I purchased this bundle the only raid enclosure that was available was a USB 2 and estata. I asked if they had any plans to make one with USB 3 and was surprised to have received an email from them telling me if I could wait a month or so they would have the same enclosure but with USB 3 and esata. I will definitely purchase their products in the future.

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