Enermax Jazz 2.5in Hard Drive Enclosure Review


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  • Review Price: £11.26

Hard drive enclosures are, when it comes right down to it, a means to an end. Whether they add RFID equipped like the Silverstone Treasure TS01B or offer tool-less assembly as featured by the Coolermaster Xcraft 360 at base all they really need to do is provide a barrier between the world and your drive while not hindering usability. Anything else, such as bundled software or fancy hardware add-ons comes under the heading of superfluous if you don’t want it.

In point of fact, if all you want is a way of turning your non-portable hard drive into a portable one without the garnish (so to speak) then all these so-called added value features simply become an unwanted cost. Thank goodness that someone at Enermax has realised this and created the Jazz. A simple 2.5in SATA to mini-USB caddy without all the (if you’ll forgive the pun) jazzing up that many rival products are subject to.

Inside the box you’ll find the enclosure itself, a USB to mini-USB cable and a USB to 5V power connector converter. This is to ensure the fitted drive will work in systems that don’t provide enough power over a single USB cable. Personally I’d rather see a two-to-one USB to mini-USB cable, but ultimately the result is the same and in fairness to Enermax, this method is more indicative of what the second connector is actually for.

The enclosure itself comes in two pieces, held together by four screws in the corners, which come apart easily and when fitted together are entirely flush. The bottom part is made from aluminium and houses a screwless drive holder, which I’m happy to report is perfectly secure. The top section comprises a solid aluminium frame and a perforated inner sheet of steel. The purpose of this is, twofold; first: it’s pretty cool being able to see into the enclosure if you ask me and second: the drive can be kept cool by a constant flow of air.

While it makes no difference to any other aspect of the product, it is worth noting the Jazz comes in both a black and silver version. I can’t quite decide which I prefer, but having a choice is fine by me.

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