External hard drive enclosures are very common these days, especially with large file sizes of HD movies and other content. A single-drive external hard drive enclosure works for most people, but people who want to protect their data and want faster speeds opt for a dual hard drive enclosure with RAID capabilities. Today we will be looking at one such enclosure from ICY DOCK called the MB662US-2S, which features RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and JBOD configurations. Let’s see if this is the perfect external enclosure for you.
I myself have not played around with a RAID setup as I’ve never had more than 1 of the same hard drive kicking around to try it out. I have seen RAID in action and some of my buddies love to have RAID setups, but I’ve never really looked into it until now. When asked what I wanted to look at next in terms of product reviews, I wanted to look at a storage system with redundant capabilities. In my head I thought some sort of RAID system. Bob got back to me and asked if I wanted to look at a RAID enclosure made by a company called Axus. I got to choose between a 3-disk setup and a 5-disk setup, naturally I choose the 5-disk setup known as the FiT 500.
Four years ago Corsair introduced the Flash Voyager USB drive, a USB drive that was practically indestructible. A Year after that they came out with the Flash Padlock, u USB drive that had a keypad on the front that allowed you to lock and unlock it to protect your data. It seems Corsair has put the two together and released the Flash Padlock 2, which is basically the Flash Voyager with the Padlock keypad on the front. So not only can you protect your data with a key code you get the awesome protection of the Flash Voyager design.
These days with large file sizes and HD video a simple flash drive isn’t going to cut it when you are on the road or working off-location. Although who wants to carry around a large external hard drive and the power adapter that comes with it? This is where portable hard drives come in and we have one from LaCie today. The Rikiki portable USB drive is very small, requires only USB power, and has a very sleek aluminum exterior. Let’s see if it’s the perfect portable hard drive for you.
These days I find myself using my laptop more than ever. Focusing on mobility, plug-and-play media is fast becoming a staple for me to keep my information within reach, and nothing does that better than an external hard drive. In order to take advantage of high-capacity external drives, one must find an enclosure that matches form with function: easy to use while keeping your drive cool and safe. Today I will be testing out the Sunbeamtech 3.5″ Airbox eSATA/USB External Enclosure.
One thing that many motherboards have lacked up until recently was extra USB ports. Many people do not need a lot of extra USB ports, but people like me do. I run 4 external USB hard drives, have a USB webcam, 2 USB receivers for my keyboard and mouse, card reader, USB speakers, iPhone dock, and always need 1 extra USB port open for my flash drive! Wouldn’t it be nice if I could move a few of those connections inside the case and not have to worry about them? Well NZXT has developed something that is a no brainer, the IU01 USB Expansion System.
Regardless of what you do or even where you are from I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Star Wars. The original movies were so revolutionary and the newer ones brought the franchise back to life. With the popularity of the Star Wars franchise you would expect there to be all kinds of Star Wars related products, but this is one of the first time I’ve seen Star Wars themed USB Flash drives. Today I will be looking at the Darth Vader USB Flash drive from Tyme Machines. Let’s see if it turns me to the dark side…
Back in March we took a look at Kingston’s MobileLite 9-in-1 card reader. It was a great and very useful product. Well Kingston has redesigned the MobileLite, calling the new version the G2. The MobileLite G2 is a very compact USB card reader that supports SD/SDHC, microSD/SDHC, MSPD, MS Pro HG Duo and M2 cards. Since it is so small you can take it with you anywhere and it has the USB connection right on it so no extra cables to carry with you, let’s take a look.
Most well known for its lines of internal parts—cases, cooling units, power supplies and such—ThermalTake also has a few other lines, including its external storage enclosures and docks. The Blacx Duet Docking Station is one such product. It features dual SATA bays into which the user can drop a hard or solid state drive of any dimension and connect it to a computer via either USB or eSATA. ThinkComputers has the review.
When it comes to external hard drive enclosure’s the 2.5-inch market is not that popular. Mainly because so many people use older 3.5-inch drives with 3.5-inch enclosures. The thing about 3.5-inch enclosures is that they are large and not easy to carry with you. The MB668U-1SB 2.5-inch enclosure from ICY DOCK is not only small and light it also allows you to install a hard drive with no tools at all. Another interesting thing about this enclosure is that not only does it have a USB connection it has an eSATA connection as well.
Jul 30, 2015 0