Eagle Consus ReviewPropane - July 30, 2008
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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As files become larger and larger, our need for storage expands, and with that, our need for mobile storage. It used to be acceptable to carry around several floppy disks, which would allow you to keep small files on them. Now, however, we want to have the ability to carry around music, movies, and pictures to show to our families and friends. As you probably know, most of these files would be way too big for a floppy disk, and some might even be too big for a USB flash storage device or a writable DVD. This is where mobile hard drives come in to play. They allow you to carry all your largest files around in a pretty convenient package.
The Eagle Consus is one such setup, which will allow you to have tons of mobile storage at your fingertips. The Consus is an external enclosure, which means that it allows you to fit your own hard drive in it. It includes all the electronics to support data to be transferred over USB, even though the hard drive you use isn't. This means that how much storage, and how fast the storage is, is mostly up to you. This particular model allows connection to your computer via USB 2.0, is fanless, and supports Macintosh computers, as well as Windows based ones out of the box. Linux support isn't advertised, but probably isn't too hard, as long as you don't mind getting your hands dirty.
The packaging that the Eagle Consus comes in is pretty standard. It is a cardboard box with a plastic handle and some advertising around it. On the front, a picture of the device, and a list of features is included. The back sports the device in both horizontal and vertical layouts, and gives a more detailed description of what you can expect to find inside. Also on the back is a list of features, package contents, and specifications, all in English.
Opening up the box shows that care was taken that the enclosure would not be damaged. It is wrapped in plastic and set in Styrofoam ends to help minimize the movement of it. Under the drive is a USB cable and power adapter, along with a stand and an instruction manual.
Pulling out the actual enclosure shows that it is built in a fairly sturdy manner. The top and bottom are both metal mesh and the sides appear to be a thick plastic. All this is held together with eight metal screws. Taking the top off allows you to drop the drive in, and taking the bottom in gives you access to the plate to anchor the hard drive to.
Let's take a look at the enclosure specifications and features on the next page!