Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
I don't write many reviews, better things to do with my life, except for a few niche products I have trouble finding. Good enclosures, reliable and fast, at a low price point are hard to find. I had a number of old USB2.0 external enclosures. Got tired of slow copy speeds when using them more robustly, decided on USB3.x enclosures. Ordered cheap $5 3.0 from China, and 2 of these 3.1 for triple the price to test. These have a faster new chipset. Whether either uses the real original chipsets or knockoffs I have no idea.
One of the enclosures I was shipped worked, one had no front plastic cover (NOT the top lid, the small front cover over the USB port and chip) and did not work. I am assuming I got some sort of quality control glitch.
Speeds: I run a Thinkpad T460P, a rather high end laptop, when it was new, with 32GB ram the maximum, Samsung Pro 860 4TB SSD. All HDs used in enclosures Samsung SSDs, Pro, 840,850,860, 128GB-1TB. I used an 840-128TB-Pro for testing. Old USB2.0 enclosure, 50GB file transfer, large and small files, 30-35 MBS. This enclosure, exact same transfer, 250-300 MBS. 8-10 times faster, roughly. I supposedly have one 3.1 port on my laptop, and two 3.0, USBs, but Lenovo tech support sucks, as does documentation, they can't tell me which is which. I think they may all be 3.0. No USB-C connectors on my laptop. For me, a speed increase of almost ten times is well worth the money. I don't like spending $30 or more for name brand 3.1 enclosures for archive drives, but $15 I can stomach. Copying hundreds of giggity-giggity-giggity-bytes at a time, the speed difference is tremendous, and well worth the money. These enclosures do provide the speed gains advertised and seem almost as fast as the laptop bus itself.
The bad case shipped is worrisome. It was obviously some defect or error, but I wonder at the long term durability of the enclosure and its electronics if one shipped bad. Amazon is going to replace it, I presume, so I'm not defrauded, but still doesn't give warm fuzzy feeling. Where else are you going to find an enclosure this fast at this price point though? For me, I need many of them, so price difference adds up.
I don't love the physical design, though it isn't a dealbreaker. The cover just slides off. It is tight enough that you can hold the drive facing down and it won't just slide off without being pushed, but it slides off really easy. Too easy. I just store these in desks usually, but were I lugging these in laptop bags all the time, I would be concerned that they might slide open and the drive exterior be exposed. It's half or less of name brands though, so. . . Beggars can't be choosers.
I have fought the bad cable problem. I use name-brand cables, Ankers, etc. Some cheap products come with cables that bottleneck, or even prevent drive recognition. These cables were thick and not super cheapies, but also not the best. I found a 5% speed drop up with the cables shipped vs. my Ankers, exact same everything, with just the cables switched. Could be other variables, even with same physical setup, but that gives some sense as some people for some of these lower end enclosures report cable problems.
I prefer aluminum enclosure material, heat transfer, but the convenience of seeing each drive is immense, don't have to mess with physical labels to show drive size and type on enclosures. I use clear Avery labels to label content on drives in some cases, and can still easily see what each drive is in terms size and model. VERY convenient. I would probably not just plug in a drive in a plastic enclosure and use it all day and expect sufficient heat transfer for it to not get really hot, and have optimal long-term durability, however. I use these for occasional archiving though, not day to day use, and for that the plastic is fine.
My main question is whether the USB3.0 enclosures are as fast as these, or if the newer chipset, etc., that blazing. Won't know until other enclosures arrive, also clear plastic. Either way, for those on a budget, these are a good deal.