Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by Enigma Good quality but not perfect.
Out of the box this is an impressive piece of kit - enclosure is mainly of metal construction with a matt black finish and clearly labelled ports/connectors. In operation it's very quiet, even in max fan mode, and the blue LED activity lights look nice. Highest drive temp I've seen so far is 31c - mix of 7200, 5200 "Green" SATA and 10k Velociraptors in two of these enclosures so that can't be bad.
The only issue is with the trayless design - the enclosure does not always perfectly align the hard disk SATA drive connector with the enclosures backplane connector - around half the time it engages but then sticks. You then have to manually 'encourage' the drive to fully locate - I've found that pressing on the lower part of the drive with the door still half open does the trick - but seriously, should this be necessary? I suppose this is the price you pay for not having a drive caddy and hence the drive density. Just be aware and don't force the door which is mostly plastic and feels quite wobbly & fragile to be honest. On the flip side, the eject mechanism feels solid and works flawlessly so far.
Bottom line is that you'd have to spend a lot more to find something better.
06 April 2014