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AMS Venus DS-309U3 Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

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  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0, transfer rate up to 5Gbps
  • 3.5" SATA I/II HDD up to 2TB
  • 8 cm w/ fan speed control
  • Aluminum Case w/ Sliding Tray

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Learn more about the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-309U3

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
nice enclosure

Pros: A little tough to pull out the enclosure to switch drives, but that's not such a bad thing. The blue light is helpful to know when the drive is active. You can simply turn it away from you and it won't bug you. If your using it to play a movie in the dark or something, just transfer the movie over to your internal drive since it uses USB 3, it should only take a minute. There's no real down side to this drive.

Cons: The DC plug is good and better than those other type of plugs that fall out over time. Only thing is DC plugs take up more outlet space, no eggs off from that though. It balances itself out.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid Enclosure

Pros: Very nice enclosure. I can't hear the fan in the unit at all. Keeps the drive cool. Easy installation. Just an FYI, this particular model is driverless, although the pictures show it comes with a driver CD. Even the box says there's one inside. There isn't. I called the company. It's not required for this unit, so no worries. Really nice enclosure and everything seems to be accessing very fast and with heavy use to the drive.

Cons: It may be the drive I have in the enclosure, but I can no longer get SMART attributes for the unit. Not a big deal at all, however as it's rarely needed.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid and RELIABLE

Pros: You can look high and low for a great quality and rock solid enclosure, but not have much luck finding one. My search stopped at this enclosure, and as luck would have it, this enclosure is also very reasonably priced.

1. Aluminum enclosure.
2. Silent active cooling fan. I cannot hear it on "high speed" which it defaults to out of the box.
3. Long and high quality USB 3.0 cable. Really solid connection at the enclosure end.
4. Long DC power adapter cord.
5. Plastic, yet sturdy stand.
6. Nice blue LED lets you know when the device inside is reading/writing...but more on that in the cons too.
7. This enclosure does not hold back even the fastest of hard disk drives. It will bottle neck a SSD to an extent, but I don't think anyone is looking to jam a SSD into this particular enclosure anyway.

Cons: That nice blue LED takes up the entire front of the enclosure. Basically, a 1" by 4" stripe of BLUE in your room. Why didn't VENUS just settle for a little round light? I am not going to deduct an egg for it, but just wow...just wow...

Overall Review: I have had no connect/disconnect issues of any kind. I am using a WD Blue 7200 RPM hard disk in my enclosure and I benched it with ATTO and found that the enclosure is not holding back performance at all. I am still getting the expected and typical 188 MB/s read and write speeds I was getting on a pure SATA connection inside my PC.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Cheap construction, but she's got it where it counts.

Pros: Very fast. I get solid 100MB/s throughput on a Mac Mini and Samsung Green 1.5TB HDD. Instructions are clear, assembly is easy. Fan is quiet enough.

Cons: There is a surprising amount of plastic in the construction of the case. Even the drive tray is plastic. I wouldn't expect this to withstand a lot of assembly and disassembly, but should hold together fine for common use.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great buy

Pros: Quiet, fast, does what it's supposed to. Adjustable fan speeds are a nice feature.

Cons: None yet, device is working as expected and performs well.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Easy and working.

Pros: Looks good
Simple set up
good speed
fan control
quiet

Cons: none

Overall Review: Installed my Seagate replacement Drive for 2TB 7200 RPM, working great and stays cool.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
AS Expected

Pros: Received the drive within two days, a little programing for my PC to recognize the drive and it was up and running in under 5 minutes.
The speed of Newegg and the quality of Western Digital was clearly evident.

Cons: None observed.

Overall Review: Its a pleasure dealing with Newegg.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Enclosure

Pros: Easy setup, small footprint, nice enclosure stand.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Installed a 1KGB hard disk in it yesterday morning, plugged it in. 5 minutes from in the box, to backing up my system. Very Pleased..

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