|SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman|
|Wednesday, 12 October 2011|
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SilverStone TS07 Final Thoughts and Conclusions
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One of the most important things about using a portable system is that it should work, simply and easily. And without having to install any extra drivers. The SilverStone TS07 performed flawlessly during its testing. I never had to worry about installing any additional drivers to get it to work.
I liked the SilverStone's overall appearance and combination of black anodized aluminum and glossy black plastic. However the fact this enclosure does not include a 2.5” drive adapter and requires the purchase of this adapter to use the very common 2.5” SSD should be noted. The Supplied USB cable is not quite long enough for your typical desktop user especially because most USB 3.0 ports are still at the back of the computer.
Additionally, several 2.5” enclosures are capable of powering the SSD via the USB port alone. Yet, the SilverStone was unable to do this. Therefore, it requires an 12VDC adapter at all times, reducing potential portability. One could make the argument that the primary focus of this USB Enclosure is larger 3.5” mechanical drives. Adding 2.5” capability will broaden its appeal.
The case itself has no fan to ventilate the internal drive. If the focus of this enclosure is in fact the 3.5” mechanical drives, then clearly a fan would be helpful especially because many of the older 3.5” mechanical drives run hot.
Overall, performance was at least as good as other USB 3.0 units I have seen. The newer asmedia ASM1051E performs slightly better than its older version.
The unit tested without any hiccups. All the drives were recognized using the Windows 7 64-bit OS. Testing was not performed for any other operating systems.
It is important to note that the negatives and the positives listed here may not be the same as your own. For example, I am disheartened that the packaging advertises 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 but clearly, the device is limited to around 234MB/s based on the benchmarks. So, I am deducting some points for this. Some people may be content with those scores knowing that they are quite good for a USB 3.0 enclosure. My preference is to be more conservative in advertising, and care should be taken to make sure that the purchaser is getting the rated speed of the drive not the theoretical rating of the bus or interface. Each plus or minus listed should be measured by your own personal meter, and then you can decide if this case is worth your money.
Overall, for a USB 3.0 Enclosure specifically for 3.5” drives, $39.99 (NewEgg) is a fair deal.
+ Solid Construction.
- USB cord not long enough for most desktop installs.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
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