Portable Performance: Four USB 3.0 Enclosures For Your 2.5” Drive

Eagle Tech Consus ET-CS2FSU3-BK

Knowing that most people who buy a USB 3.0 enclosure will use the more-powerful USB 3.0 port—or at least they will not use an old high-power drive—Eagle Tech skips the auxiliary power cable and instead adds a small Phillips screwdriver in its product bundle.

The inclusion of a screwdriver is a great idea, since many buyers won’t have one this small, and Eagle thinks adding a second top cover is also a great idea. Users can change the style of their device on a whim.

The ET-CS2FSU3-BK bottom cover appears to be made of die-formed, polished stainless steel. It’s far stiffer than aluminum of similar thickness, and is non-magnetic.

Eagle Tech’s interface card fits entirely within one end of the enclosure, screwing onto the plastic cover. Like the other drives in today’s comparison, it features the ASM1051 bridge for connections between USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 and SATA ports.

Create a new thread in the US Reviews comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
28 comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
  • Anonymous
    I know this isn't relevant, but what is in the pcie1 slot?
    0
  • Gin Fushicho
    You guys are really benching cases? I figured they'd all be close to the same anyway.
    3
  • Crashman
    SubSonix1I know this isn't relevant, but what is in the pcie1 slot?


    Nothing, the slot is covered by an extended chipset heat sink.
    5
  • TomD_1
    So basically, they all have identical hardware, and IMO all look ugly
    -4
  • Crashman
    TomD_1So basically, they all have identical hardware, and IMO all look ugly


    You forgot to mention they all fit in a shirt pocket. That is the most important part.
    1
  • thejerk
    Scraping the bottom of the barrel for non-iPad news?
    -10
  • warmon6
    thejerkScraping the bottom of the barrel for non-iPad news?


    Um.... few things,

    1. They haven't been just covering the ipad. They been covering alot of other things.

    2. This isn't news. This is a review. Learn the difference.
    7
  • kelfen
    if ya think about it this is more cost effective per GB to buy one of these and a hard drive then buying a usb drive
    1
  • Anonymous
    Good... so I can share my pirated movies more faster?( sarcasm )
    -7
  • rooket
    What's the performance like if you use it with a hard drive? Just same as usb 2.0 I'd imagine? Odd that they're only hitting 35MB/sec with USB 2.0. It should go 60MB/sec. Why is this only half the speed?
    -1
  • shin0bi272
    Hey great review... will be nice when I actually get a usb3 mobo or card... transferring 1.03TB of data over usb2.0 is just a total PAIN in the backside. I should have just opened the case and plugged the drive directly into the pc I know but I didnt and I had to wait about a DAY because of my laziness. Now with usb3 that wont be an issue and its good to see that at least someone is benchmarking external enclosures. Granted I do have to agree with the sentiment that you guys must be bored or out of stuff to review if youre reviewing external enclosures lol. But thanks all the same.
    -1
  • Snipergod87
    rooketWhat's the performance like if you use it with a hard drive? Just same as usb 2.0 I'd imagine? Odd that they're only hitting 35MB/sec with USB 2.0. It should go 60MB/sec. Why is this only half the speed?


    USB 2.0 always tops out at 30-35MB/s because of the overhead. Thomas was wrong in saying they can reach 60MB/s.
    2
  • delazaren
    why the hell design a plug that consists of two parts???? No way an engineer designed this, it must have been a committee of some sort.
    -1
  • mark0718
    How do the they know that the external boxes and not the motherboard side is the limiting factor?

    Actually, is one side or the other by itself the limit. Perhaps there
    is a transaction overhead that is the some of both sides' response time,
    rather than a turn-around time that would be limited by the slower side.
    -1
  • cadder
    Quote:
    why the hell design a plug that consists of two parts????


    To maintain compatibility with USB 2.0 cables and plugs. Buy one of these enclosures, plug in a standard USB 2.0 cable, and connect it to your laptop. Plug in the 3.0 cable and connect it to your desktop.
    -1
  • cadder
    Quote:
    Nothing, the slot is covered by an extended chipset heat sink.


    Ah, better views of it are here:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128413&Tpk=X58A-UD7
    -1
  • warmon6
    Anonymous said:
    USB 2.0 always tops out at 30-35MB/s because of the overhead. Thomas was wrong in saying they can reach 60MB/s.


    Yep, So true. If there wasn't as large of a overhead, maybe HDD, SSD, Flash drives could run at a moderately comfortable 45-50MB/s on usb 2.0.
    -1
  • thejerk
    warmon6Um.... few things,1. They haven't been just covering the ipad. They been covering alot of other things.2. This isn't news. This is a review. Learn the difference.


    I have a review of your mom: She's awesome.
    -1
  • Anonymous
    "We have no idea why a clear plastic sheet runs through the Kingwin ATK-25U3-BK interior"

    Keeps drive PCB from possibly touching the metal enclosure and shorting out. There are some scenarios which could lead to this: the bottom of the enclosure being pushed in or the drive not having bottom screw holes.
    -1
  • FrozenGpu
    thejerkI have a review of your mom: She's awesome.


    LOL! you too?
    -1