Published: 15th January 2008 | Source: Ultra Products | Price: $220.00 |3.5" SATA External Enclosure
First up is the SATA External Enclosure, here we have a matching (of course) external enclosure for those of us who need a bit of storage on the go. It fits 3.5" internal hard drives, and obviously supports SATA interface. This is great for anyone with a large media collection or if you just need to back up large amounts of files on a regular basis. Let's move on to the packaging...
Just like the other Stackables, we are presented with a nice small box that's relatively damage resistant.
(1) 3.5" HDD Enclosure
(1) AC Adapter
(1) USB 2.0 Cable (5 feet)
(1) eSATA Cable (6 feet)
(4) Horizontal Positioning Stands
(2) Vertical Positioning Stands
(1) Drivers (Windows 98)
and hardware (screws)
The unit is aesthetically pleasing with a nice black color to it. One nice thing included with this Stackable, and every Stackable are the vertical stands, just in case you would like to use your Stackable alone, it is held up nicely on it's side. It also includes its own power adapter for using it alone.
When it comes to heat, the enclosure includes a nice 30mm fan to keep air moving through, and little 'gill' slots on the front to take air from. Of course, warm air is output by the fan, but the hard drive never gets hot enough to overheat, and is kept only warm to the touch. It would be nice to have a small temperature sensor, but it's not to be expected.
The noise output by the enclosure is no more than one would expect from an external enclosure, and Ultra did a good job making including a quiet fan. Although I do not currently have the equipment to measure exact noise levels, I will say the the unit is quiet, and surely not distracting.
Now let's move onto the testing on the next page...