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Rosewill RX81-MP External USB/eSATA 3.5 Review

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So, how well did the Rosewill RX81-MP External Enclosure do? I think the numbers speak for themselves. In the average and burst speeds it pulled ahead of the pack. It uses the CPU more than the others, but not enough that it slowed down my system at all. As far as heat goes, the drive never went over 43 degrees Celsius according to HDTune during the file transfer tests while connected with eSATA. The transfer speeds were not quite as fast as when the drive was installed internally, but did perform better than the FreeAgent Pro, which uses the same drive.

I was disappointed that I had to remove the back plate to use the eSATA connection. This should have been checked prior to manufacturing. It would have been better to just imprint the information on the back of the internal enclosure, instead of having a back plate or make the back plate's connection holes bigger to allow the cable to pass. However, that is not that big of a deal since it can be removed if needed. I would recommend this enclosure to anyone looking for an inexpensive enclosure with great performance.



  • Great transfer rates
  • Hot-Swappable
  • Aluminum enclosure for cooler operation
  • Dual connections
  • Up to 1TB drive can be used



  • Back plate needed to be removed to use eSATA
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