ORICO 2.5 Inch Transparent USB3.0 HDD/SSD Enclosure Review (2139U3)

Lately, I have been trying to find drive enclosures that bring something a little bit unique to the table. Last week I reviewed the Innateck FE 2007 which integrated a 3 port USB 3.0 hub into a very well performing 2.5” drive enclosure. The drive enclosure I am reviewing today does not bring anything new to the playing field as far as functionality is concerned like the Innateck unit did, however it does stand out aesthetically from all of the other enclosures I have reviewed in the past.

The ORICO 2139U3 2.5” USB 3.0 drive enclosure is a cheap, fast, and unique solution for protecting your HDD’s and SSD’s on the go. It supports the USB attached SCSI protocol and is using a Norelsys 1068X SATA bridge controller which allows the enclosure to achieve decent read and write speeds. The unit uses a micro-B interface and it does come with a micro-B to USB type A cable. Installing a drive into the enclosure takes less than thirty seconds. Just slide the back panel off, insert a 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD into the drive enclosure (up to 9.5mm in thickness), put the back panel back on, and plug it into your computer using the included USB cable. One small thing to note is that the enclosure does have a blue led light to let you know that it is on and it also has a red read/write indication light. I tested the ORICO 2139U3 to be plug and play with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04, it is also advertised to work out of the box with mac OS (I do not own anything with mac OS on it). At the time of writing this review it can be purchased off Amazon for $8 USD.

Now, all of the above sounds great but my favorite thing about this enclosure is that it is manufactured entirely out of clear plastic. I know that might seem like a novelty to most people but it really does make this drive enclosure stand out from others on the market. Someone brought to my attention that this is actually very pragmatic if you have several drive enclosures with different drives inside. Instead of having to create physical drive labels you can just buy a few of these and actually see which drive is in which enclosure. Surprisingly, despite being made entirely of plastic the drive enclosure will protect your drive from minor falls and bumps. Though, it is definitely a bit flimsy and you should not expect it to survive severe drops such as those higher than 6 feet.

As stated earlier, apart from looking good the enclosure also produced pretty good benchmark results. I tested the 2139U using Crystal Disk mark and AS SSD benchmark on my Lenovo T430 (8GB DDR3, Windows 10, USB 3.0, Quad core I7 3612QM) with an ADATA SP550 as the test drive. Both the Crystal disk mark results (352MB/s Read, 327MB/s Write) and the AS SSD results (352MB/s Read, 344MB/s Write) came in close to what was advertised by the manufacturer (see pictured results below for more detail). This is definitely not the fastest drive enclosure on the market, but for the price speeds are much better than what I would consider acceptable.

So there it is, this is one of the most affordable USB 3.0 drive enclosures on the market at the time of writing this article. Not only is it cheap and functional, it also brings a refreshing design to the current drive enclosure market. This is a great drive enclosure for the price and I highly recommend it if you need an affordable storage solution or just want something that stands out (visually) from other drive enclosures.


PROS

  • VISUALLY UNIQUE

  • GREAT SPEEDS FOR A BUDGET DRIVE ENCLOSURE

  • AFFORDABLE

  • PLUG AND PLAY

  • ACCOMMODATES NEARLY ANY 2.5″ DRIVE

  • READ/WRITE INDICATION LIGHT

  • EASY TO USE

 

CONS

 

  • A BIT FLIMSY

  • DESPITE THE GREAT PRICE TO PERFORMANCE RATIO, THERE ARE FASTER ENCLOSURES ON THE MARKET



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