Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure Review

Wrap Up

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.

Pros

  • eSATA performance is great
  • Very aesthetically pleasing
  • Tool-free installation
  • 2 port USB Hub
  • One touch backup software
  • Value

Cons

  • USB performance is nothing inspiring
  • Some features (USB hub, backup) only available through USB connection
  • Wobbly stand

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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