Eagle Consus Review

Propane - 2008-07-14 17:19:23 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: Propane   
Reviewed on: July 30, 2008
Price: $19


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.


Closer Look:

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!





Now what good would a review of this Eagle Consus be, if it didn't have spiffy charts showing how well (or how bad) it preforms in real life? Well, this is where all those graphs are going to be found. To get a good idea of how this preforms, I will be using OCC's standard test hard drive (1 x Seagate 750GB SATA) in the enclosure and will be testing it against the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini (250GB), as well as a Western Digital Cavaiar that is connected directly to my computer's SATA bus.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Drives:





HD Tune:

HDTune measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers.




SiSoft Sandra:

Sandra is a benchmarking utility designed to test all areas of a computer system. The area we are going to be looking at is the Physical Disk Performance and File System portion.




Test file transfer:

These test files are created by OCC and used on all of our test suites like these. Time is measured by stopwatch.





The two external drives paired up pretty close to each other while the internal Cavaiar blew them both away. This is to be expected as the internal drive has no extra interefaces between it and the PC.


The Eagle Consus External Hard Drive Enclosure does a great job doing what it was meant to do. There really isn't a lot to say in conclusion, as it neither really came out and wowed me, but it also didn't disappoint. Typical transfer speeds were seen, even when equipped with a hard drive that can handle much faster. However, it still did beat out the other external hard drives in all but one metric. The sturdy feel of the casing makes me feel comfortable dropping an expensive drive in and not really needing to worry much about damage it might encounter. Eagle's attention to packaging and included accessories was a nice surprise that most manufacturers miss the target on. Overall, the Eagle Consus does just what it is supposed to do.