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Rosewill RX-358 U3C BLK 3.5-Inch USB3.0 Aluminum and Plastic eSATA External Enclosure Hardrive, Black (RX-358 U3C BLK)
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- Universal fitting for 3.5" SATA I / II HDD
- Back panel Power ON/OFF switch
- Complies with SATA I / II, speed up to 3G/sec
- Size: 3.5"
- Internal Interface: SATA I/II
- External Interface: USB 3.0 & eSATA
- Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 4TB (WinXP Not supported 3TB/4TB)
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Enter Rosewill's enclosures.
I have 3 of these enclosures (from the early e-sata/ usb 2 model to the latest e-sata/ usb 3 model), and I am still very happy to have discovered them. I first found them on NewEgg in 2011, where they have a huge fan following.
The Rosewill RX-358 U3C enclosure has an 80 mm fan that keeps my drives cool at about 40 degrees celsius. I do not have to worry about my drives failing prematurely due to prolonged high temperatures. It even has a switch to turn the fan off should you wish to do so for whatever reason.
2. Durability/ design
The RX-358 U3C's aluminum exterior is also very sturdy and I dare say built like a tank. While its matte finish is simple and somewhat dull looking compared to the glossy plastic finish that is so ubiquitous today (sadly found in everything from LCDs bezels to cellphones and what-not), it still looks way better than that ex-sexy glossy finish when it - and it definitely will - gets scratched up over time.
The articles on the USB 3 interface that I've read, such as those by Tom's Hardware, conclude that getting a good speed over USB 3 depends not just on the host controller, but also on the device controller. The USB 3 chip used by the RX 358 U3C is the AsMedia 1051. It is the same used by the Thermaltake BlacX 5G which scored well in the USB 3 speed benchmarks. On my PC's old Renasas UPD720200A USB 3 host controller, the Western Digital 20EARS has an average read speed of 90 MBps when connected through the Rosewill enclosure.
One thing that I am still unable to find is information on its warranty period, if any.
** Disabled the LED
If you dislike the bright blue LED as I do, it can be disabled easily. Just follow these steps:
Open the enclosure and turn it in the direction such that the circuit board is further away from you than the fan.
Pull out the 3rd white connector (the one next to the USB 3 jack) which is connected to with blue and black wires. You should see that it is labelled "LED Con" on the circuit board.
Mounting drive screw zones responsible for securing your drive to the enclosure could do with better tolerances. For an external enclosure of this price, I expect tight tolerances and screws should line up near perfectly (which is not the case on this enclosure). Also, I recommend anyone who is looking to get this drive to purchase some additional rubber grommets when mounting the drive to reduce vibration. Vibration isn't audible, but all of the contact points are metal.
While the majority of the enclosure is aluminum, the side panels that hide the mounting screws are plastic. They could be of thicker material, and there is a perceivable slight bend when picking up the drive if you are holding it by the sides.
Installation is fairly straight forward. This product comes with all the necessary mounting screws, 1x eSATA cable, and 1x USB 3.0 cable. You drop the drive into the enclosure and slide it onto the adapter. Installation time should be no more than 5 minutes at most even for inexperienced, and the majority of that time will be spent on screws.
Fan noise is quiet, but there is a bit of a buffeting effect that is audible at close ranges. In a room with other computers with fans, it should not be noticeable at all. I purchased a WD 3TB Red with this enclosure and temperatures are running at around 21degC with light usage, which is very close to ambient. I suspect this fan is more than sufficient to keep temperatures low on most drives.
Overall I like the enclosure. It isn't mind-blowing but it will get the job done, and considering the distinct lack of great 3.5" drive enclosures that support USB 3.0, eSATA, and 4TB max storage (I'm not sure if this is a controller limitation), this is probably one of the better enclosures out there. Things that would make it better are: tool-less installation, anti-vibration features, quieter fan, and getting rid of the plastic portions of the chassis.
Other info you might like. We had an old my book studio II 2TB drive that we took the HDDs out of for these 2 Roswell cases we bought. This case worked beautifully with the drives we pulled out of the my book studio. Photos of what kind of HDD those are also shown.
The USB controllers on these fail after a few months. I have already replaced two of them with the warranty only to have another one fail. Luckily they have both USB and ESATA connections so they are still usable for ESATA only.
The lights are very bright.
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