VisionTek’s mSATA enclosure lets you carry 1TB storage in your shirt pocket
This has been quite an enjoyable exploration comparing Kingston’s HyperX 3K SSD in the Kingston USB 3.0 enclosure to Kingston’s SSDNow mS220 240GB mSATA drive using the VisionTek mSATA mini-enclosure. The performance of the mSATA drive is excellent using the VisionTek controller and transfers of large files were only held back by our own hard drive based PC..
It is pretty exciting to now be able to transfer very large files – using up to a 1TB mSATA drive – when coupled with a VisionTek mSATA mini-enclosure – just as one would use a flash drive. And as prices become more competitive on high capacity mSSDs, we expect that this way of transferring files may become popular as it is just simple plug and play and extremely convenient.
For its $29.99 price, the VisionTek mSATA mini enclosure is a great time-saver in transferring large files over USB 3.0 and it is especially worth it if you already have an mSATA drive you are going to repurpose.
- The new VisionTek mSATA mini enclosure allows for re-tasking an existing mSATA Solid State Drive after upgrading the SSD in an ultra-slim notebook.
- It is perfect for adding a new mSATA SSD to create a high-performance ultra-portable external drive. VisionTek’s mSATA mini enclosure also allows the user to use the mSATA drive anywhere as a flash drive for portable storage up to the currently available maximum 1TB capacity, over a bus-powered USB 3.0 connection.
- Performance of the controller in the VisionTek mini enclosure is excellent, often beating the performance of the Kingston 240GB HyperX SSD in the Kingston USB 3.0 enclosure.
- The warranty is a solid 3 years, backed by VisionTek’s excellent service.
- Price. $29.99 is a little high compared to other mSATA mini enclosures.
- It is slightly heavy for a shirt pocket.
We are giving the VisionTek mSATA mini enclosure our ABT “Recommended” Award as it is well-designed, compact, solid and durable, while being perfectly functional and easy to use!
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We also have new Kingston ‘Fury’ 1866MHz RAM to test for you this weekend, as well as an OWC external BluRay drive to put through its paces this month. And we are eagerly looking forward to giving our readers a performance evaluation of Watch_Dogs.
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