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.
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.
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.
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.