Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure Review

Design

Wow. I saw pictures of the enclosure on the internet prior to receiving the unit, but they really didn’t do it justice. Everything from the honeycomb grill on the front and bottom to the anodized aluminum casing, the device just looks polished. The casing is very reflective and attracts fingerprints. The honeycomb grill allows heat to escape and looks nice while doing so.

Cooler Master X Craft

The top of the enclosure prominently shows off the X Craft branding – a little bit gaudy in my opinion – and a much smaller Cooler Master branding in the corner. The sides of the device are pretty non-descript and the front is adorned with a LED backlighting the Cooler Master name, which resides on a one-push backup button. This LED also flashes a red-ish/purple color when the hard drive is in use, but only seems to do so when connected through USB, not eSATA, which is a little weird.

Cooler Master X Craft
Cooler Master X CraftActivity LED

At the back from left to right are: USB, 2 port USB hub, eSATA, power connector, and on/off switch. Below all that, you can see the locking mechanism for the enclosure cover. The included power supply is rather large – larger than the two other enclosure power supplies I own.

ports

The hard drive gets quite hot inside the enclosure. Initially, I had the enclosure set up lying down, but I’ve since placed it on its stand, vertically. Temperature has gone down significantly (probably because the open grill on the bottom is no longer stuck against the desk anymore) since. Unfortunately, the stand is a little wobbly – I’m not sure if it’s just my sample, but the stand does not fit snugly onto the enclosure. It won’t move by itself for sure, you can you move it a bit without too much force.

Cooler Master X Craft

COMMENTS

6 Replies to “Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure Review”

  1. Extract from my letter to Cooler Master:

    I am terribly disappointed with your cabinet X Craft 350. You are saying in your advertising that using the cabinet will “increase hard drive lifespan”. That would have been true if the disk would could spin down when idle, but that’s not the fact with your cabinets. Your cabinet forces the disk to spin continuously as long as the power is on. (This has been explained to me by your tech support.) This is really old-fashioned, like 1984 or so.

    The reason I bought a Coolermaster cabinet was that I thought that it would have the standard functionality of ordinary, much cheaper cabinets + good heat dissipation. Now I paid twice as much for your cabinet WITHOUT getting the standard functionality that all other cheaper cabinets have.

    I also think that it is not acceptable having to wait 1.5 months for getting an answer from tech support.

  2. Cooler Master’s website does not state that their product is compatible with Vista. Have you had any issues? I read that some had issues with the one-touch backup in Vista, but can the software operate without the one-touch?

    Regards,

    Marty

  3. I haven’t run into any problems with Vista – it gets detected fine, assuming you have the appropriate drivers installed for the eSATA – connecting via USB will work fine with whatever Vista decides to install for it.

    I haven’t been using the one-touch backup software. Any backing up has been done manually, so I can’t comment about the compatibility of that utility with Vista. I’m not sure what you mean by using the software without the one-touch feature. The one-touch backup is the software.

  4. with xp sp2 i’ve it detected normally on my laptop, but on the desktop it says “external” is found but can’t find the drivers.
    How could i solve it?
    Thanks
    Paul

  5. Paul – The best idea I can think of is to try the things that Coolermaster lists here, but Windows XP should pick it up as a mass storage device, if you’re using USB.

    If you’re attaching it using E-SATA on your desktop, then you may need to install the appropriate SATA drivers.

  6. Paul

    Your hard disk is not initialized. Try Management – Storage drives and right click on ur external drive n initialize it n then do ur partition plus format…

    hope this works

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