Inateck USB 3.0 Hub with 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Disk HDD Enclosure Case

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    The Inateck USB 3.0 3 Port Hub and Hard Drive Disk caddy is an enclosure designed for ease of use with working with 2.5" SATA drives with its clever design for tool less operation. The unique selling point with this is the built in 3 port USB hub. You use up one USB port with the enclosure but gain three more.

    Included in the package is the disk enclosure, a USB 3.0 cable, a USB DC cable and a user manual. Construction is of plastic which initially is a disappointment but in truth, with a drive inside the unit feels solid and I didn't encounter any issues during my testing. The enclosure measures in at 145 x 80 x 15mm and weighs 81g.

    Using this caddy is simplicity itself, just push down on the lock switch and slide off the top cover then insert your drive. The case fits up to a 9.5mm tall drive perfectly with no looseness or rattling at all and can obviously accommodate the thinner 7mm drives as well. With the drive in place, you simply slide the top cover back till it clicks into place.

    On one end you have the 3 USB Port Hub alongside an LED power indicator. On one side is the USB 3.0 input port and on the opposite side you will find an on/off switch as well as the optional DC input socket.
    The DC input is optional because it certainly isn't required to power an SSD or Hard drive or flash drives via the HUB. The supplied USB DC cable can be used in conjunction with a USB power source if you want to supply additional power to the hub for charging connected devices.

    This enclosure is powered by a chipset that offers true USB 3.0 connectivity meaning that greater performance of your drive should be realised - mechanical drives such as the one I tested with will unlikely show the true benefit but SSD drives should show a big improvement over less well specified drive enclosures.
    UASP support is also included to make the most of a USB 3.0 and SSD combination and this feature is supported by recent versions of Mac, Windows and Linux Operating Systems.
    Automatic power saving features are also at play and the enclosed drive will enter sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity.

    USB external disk enclosures are usually fairly simple in what they offer but this product from Inateck offers both great performance as well as easy operation for the user, especially if you need to switch out drives fairly regularly. The real unique selling point with this enclosure is the built in 3 port USB 3.0 hub which makes this a very practical solution, especially for those with laptops with limited USB ports in the first place. If you are looking for an inexpensive and highly flexible USB caddy for a 2.5" SATA drive then it's hard not to recommend this.

    I got this from [All in one] Inateck 3 Ports USB 3.0 Hub with 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk Enclosure Case for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD SSD, UASP Supported, Tool-Free: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

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