A SMART AND PRACTICAL DESIGN
The Inateck FE2010 may not be the toughest or best looking drive enclosure out there but if you want something that is practically designed and just gets the job done for a reasonable price then it is definitely worth a look. This SATA III USB 3.0 enclosure can house 2.5” hard drives or solid state drives up to 9mm in thickness. It features a tool free design and several other convenient features such as a power switch and a blue LED access indication light.
The enclosure comes with a single one foot USB cable which I consider to be slightly on the short side but the important thing is that its quality is decent and it works. You might find this odd, but I was pleased to find that the FE2010 did not come with any sort of user manual. I actually prefer this because shipping a user manual with something like this is just a waste of paper. Getting this enclosure up and running requires just a pinch of common sense.
As stated earlier the enclosure is not the sturdiest thing in the world. The casing did bend quite a bit when I flexed it around in my hands and I have to say that the light plastics make it feel somewhat cheap. Despite its flimsy first impressions the enclosure did remain intact after a six foot drop test demonstrating that its structural integrity is acceptable for daily use.
Ease of use is definitely one of this enclosure’s primary strengths. Thanks to an intuitive tool-free design it took me under thirty seconds to install a 2.5” drive into the enclosure. Just slide the enclosure’s back panel off, insert your SATA drive, and replace the back panel. A foam insert is included in the package, you can put this on the interior wall of the enclosure to add a little more security within. The device was plug and play with Windows 7, Windows 10, and Xubuntu 16.04 (Linux).
Using an ADATA SP550 SSD as the test drive I benchmarked the enclosure using Crystal Disk Mark through my ASUS G75VW’s USB 3.0 ports. For a budget drive enclosure the returned results were slightly above average. Achieved speeds during a 1GB test were as follows: Sequential Read/Write = 245/298MB/s, Random Read/Write = 32/58MB/s. More information regarding testing results can be found in the image below.
I have reviewed several other drive enclosures in the past and I have run into a very frustrating problem with every single one of them. For some reason many manufactures fail to properly secure the bottom section of the drive inside. This means that the drive is prone to sliding around inside the enclosure and becoming dislodged from the SATA connector. I was incredibly happy to find that the Inateck FE 2010 addressed this issue simply by placing two plastic tabs at the bottom of the enclosure. These tabs do a very good job of holding the drive in place and subsequently keeping the internal SATA connector seated.
By the end of the review the Inateck FE2010 left me with a smile on my face. Its external construction could use some work but besides that I really had no other qualms with it. It was easy to use, returned acceptable speeds, and is overall practically designed. Currently this enclosure can be bough for $15 off Amazon, the link will be down below.
-EASY TO USE
-GREAT TOOL-FREE DESIGN
-PLUG AND PLAY
-SPEEDS ARE GOOD
-POWER SWITCH AND ACCESS INDICATION LIGHT
-A LITTLE FLIMSY
-LIGHT WEIGHT (COULD BE A PRO OR CON DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT)