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Mediasonic ProBox H21-SU3 USB 3.0 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought from another retailer, but same model. This is a fine little enclosure. Plugged in a Fujitsu MJA2250BH 250GB drive and all is well. USB 3.0 interface allows data to be transferred as fast as this particular drive can transfer it (up to 85MB/s~). Black plastic case looks nice and fits together well. I was expecting something cheaply made for the price, but I was pleasantly surprised. LED doesn't double as a spotlight like most enclosures; is a constant green when the enclosure is powered and flashes orange when data is transferred. Easy installation: slide the drive into the SATA connector, slide the top cover on and tighten one screw. Non-proprietary USB input on enclosure; cable can be replaced. S.M.A.R.T. data and drive temperature are passed through; use HD Tune 5 or CrystalDiskInfo 5 to access.

Cons: All-plastic design; there is no aluminum paneling anywhere on this enclosure. This is not a problem with the 5400rpm drive I used (idles at 31C, 37C after a big transfer) but worth considering for those looking to use older, warmer 7200rpm drives, and the enclosure may not survive a drop. Occasionally freezes up while checking S.M.A.R.T. data; CrystalDiskInfo will never open and the enclosure crashes with the red LED constantly lit. This rarely happens though, and an unplug-replug fixes it (YMMV). Included cable is kind of short. No carrying case of any kind included.

Other Thoughts: The bridge chip is a VLI (Via Labs, Inc) VL700-04. No problems transferring big files while connected to my Renesas-powered USB 3.0 card (Mediasonic HP1-SU3). Overall, great enclosure for the price.

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OKGEAR GC12ARMF 12
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works perfectly fine. Needed to extend a slim optical drive's SATA cable to reach the motherboard.

Cons: Shipping was twice the cost of the cable.

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SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 300w 80Plus Bronze-certified power supply. Wasn't DOA. Solid, heavy construction. Ball-bearing fan. My Athlon X2 5200+ 65nm-based PC now idles at around 55w. Didn't get the idle power usage with the old non-80Plus PSU, but I'm sure it was around 70w. Quiet and never blows out hot air no matter the load.

Cons: Kind of expensive for 300 watts (but worth it in the long-term, I'm sure). Seasonic should put out a 200 or 250w Bronze ATX PSU.

Other Thoughts: These are OEM units; mine came with nothing but the power supply itself; no power cord, even. Do keep that in mind when you order this.

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Steve L.'s Profile

Display Name: Steve L.

Date Joined: 10/01/08

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/22/10
  • Last Review: 08/29/12
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