Single Hard Drive Enclosure: Coolermaster X Craft
Xcraft is an aluminum enclosure for 3.5" hard drives that supports either UltraATA or Serial ATA drives at all available capacity points. Installation is pretty easy and requires no tools, as the hard drive is simply locked into the device's mounting mechanism. Coolermaster put an emphasis on low-noise operation and didn't provide a fan, but a well-designed aluminum structure dissipates heat away from the hard drive, over the frame and through the anodized aluminum cover. That said, we do not recommend installing 10,000 RPM hard drives into the X Craft if you want to ensure a long life for your hard drive.
The device connects to your PC via USB 2.0, which makes it a very versatile storage option: almost all computers carry at least two USB 2.0 ports these days. Coolermaster even added a little USB hub, which allows you to connect two more USB devices to the X Craft. This USB hub is based on a multi-TT design (double transaction translator), so you can attach a slow USB 1.1 device to one port without slowing down the hard drive or the second port.
Prices for the X Craft vary between $35 and $50; we recommend that you not spend more than $40 on it.
- Part 3: Cases, Power Supplies, Storage, Mice, Graphics & Consumer Products
- Zalman ZM600-HP: Low Noise, High Efficiency
- Silverstone Temjin TJ09: The Pretty Boy
- Mouse Mania
- Logitech MX Revolution
- Ultra-Portable Storage
- Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive 6 GB
- Portable Storage
- External Storage
- ESATA Storage: Vantec NexStar 3 NST360-SU
- Dual Hard Drive RAID Enclosure: ProAvio DVBox
- Sleek, Huge, Stylish & Flexible: Western Digital MyBook Pro Edition
- Graphics Upgrade: Leadtek PX7950GT TDH
- The Sharpest Display Ever: Samsung 931C