This review was conceived to help in choosing an external container for a 2.5” hard disk drive for those of you who find the typical capacities of flash-memory drives too small. Well, we should test some hard drives rather than just containers then, shouldn’t we? As a matter of fact, the HDD enclosures to be reviewed here each makes up a nice high-capacity external disk drive after you insert a 2.5” HDD into it. What’s important, the total cost of the resulting device is going to be lower than that of a same-capacity brand-name external HDD which would only differ from the “homemade” one in that the hard drive was inserted into the container on an assembly line.
Maybe the homemade external disk drive is less reliable and less fast than the factory-made one? Why then? Hard drives they use in brand-name external HDDs are the same as you can find in any PC shop, so there shouldn’t be any difference.
So, if there is a difference between a self-assembled and a factory-assembled external drive, it is only about the design and stuffing of the container. This is why in this review we will deal with nine external HDD enclosures from such renowned brands as Sarotech, Tekram, ST-Lab, and Thermaltake as well as from the less well-known Agestar.
One of the devices had already been tested in our labs (see our Agestar IUB201 review), but we retested it once again under the same conditions as the others for a correct comparison.