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This review is from: COOLMAX HD-250TN-U3 Aluminum 2.5" Gray SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Pros: Appearance - brushed aluminum, contrasting black stripe. Comes with a magnetic screwdriver and two extra screws. Case gets warm, so I guess it is doing a good job passing the heat. Uses the standard A type of USB connector on the case, not the micro USB 3.0 connector. Worked with Mac OS X Mountain Lion, despite no mention of OS X support in the specs.
Cons: You cannot move the enclosure at all while it is connected to your computer. The supplied cable seems to connect securely, but moving the enclosure caused the connection to be lost. I guess the cable isn't maintaining contact with the pins. While it is a nice thought, the supplied drawstring bag is kind of cheesy. I will be looking for a nicer case to hold the drive and cable.
Other Thoughts: Used with a 7200rpm 750GB WD Scorpio Black drive. Connected via USB 3.0 on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. Once my new drive was formatted, it all worked with Time Machine and a 93GB backup was created in about 34 minutes. The hard drive activity LED on the case is blue, and the cable is only a few inches long.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Aesthetic design. Can stand up or be laid on its side.
Cons: Power supply fan in one case sounded like a lawn mower. Thought something got caught in the fan, but there wasn't. Maybe there was a bad bearing. One motherboard standoff on another case broke.
Other Thoughts: My office had 10 PCs built with this case. Two of them had problems, as mentioned in the Cons. Fortunately, the builder will replace the bad cases.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: KINGWIN ATK-25U3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Pros: USB3, aluminum case with nice finish, comes with cables and pouch.
Cons: Never got to use it. I knew 1TB 2.5" drives were larger than smaller capacity drives of that form factor. I had to check a bunch of enclosures and their specs to find one that could take a 1TB drive. Kingwin's site said this enclosure could take a 1TB drive. Well, the Western Digital WD10TPVT 1TB drive doesn't fit in this enclosure. Not even close.
Other Thoughts: 1TB 2.5" drives aren't going away. More companies need to come up with enclosures that fit these drives.READ FULL REVIEW