The great initial impressions were luckily not proven wrong through usage. Cooler Master has combined amazing style with very good performance in their X Craft 350 eSATA enclosure. Features such as the completely tool-free installation and USB hub set it aside from competing enclosures. The price, $40CAD is also quite attractive. That’s $10 more than the USB-only version and about $5 less than competing enclosures, such as the Vantec Nexstar 3 eSATA enclosure.
I do have some qualms with the product though. The main fault is the lack of a sturdy stand. I believe the enclosure was originally designed to be placed horizontally but for better cooling, it is much better to place it vertically. As well, the backup software and USB hub only work with the USB connection, which isn’t terrible considering most other enclosures don’t have these features.
Overall, it’s a great product. If you’ve got a desktop or a laptop with eSATA I’d highly recommend it.
- eSATA performance is great
- Very aesthetically pleasing
- Tool-free installation
- 2 port USB Hub
- One touch backup software
- USB performance is nothing inspiring
- Some features (USB hub, backup) only available through USB connection
- Wobbly stand