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Thermaltake Max 5G External Hard Drive Enclosure Review

ajmatson    -   April 10, 2011
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Conclusion:

The Thermaltake Max 5G has to be one of the better enclosures I have used in a long time. Despite being built completely with plastic, which is a bit flimsy in parts that may break easily if accidently knocked down, the enclosure allowed me to transport my 2TB hard drive anywhere I needed. The Max 5G Active Cooling system provides cool air to the internal hard drive keeping the temperatures down and thus extending the life. I really appreciated the fact that Thermaltake included a switch to disable the fan LEDs which were a big issue with the older Max series drive enclosures.

Installing a drive into the Max 5G is pretty simple and takes less than 60 seconds to accomplish. The drive retention clips are sturdy and do not let the drive wiggle around. The added cushions make sure your drive is nice and secure without any rattling which is a big plus, because we are all in favor of silence these days. Even the cooling fans produce very low noise that is barely even noticeable when in use. I was impressed on how easy and efficient it was to use the Max 5G enclosure with my drive and having the ability to carry around 2TB of storage on the go made my life so much easier. I was able to use the USB 3.0 features while I was at home and when I went to work I had the backward compatibility for the USB 2.0 ports on my work machine.

Overall the Thermaltake Max 5G is an excellent external enclosure for 3.5" hard drives that you may have laying around or for that shared drive you have been wanting to get to transport and store your movies and music. I also found that creating system backups with Acronis Backup were a lot faster when backing up to the Max 5G versus even my network drives. If you are in the market for a blistering fast external solution with the latest USB 3.0 SuperSpeed technology then look no further - the Max 5G is your man, or rather, drive enclosure!

 

Pros:

  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed up to 5Gbps
  • Active cooling system with LEDs
  • Cooling LEDs can be turned off
  • Support SATA I, II, and III hard drives
  • Drive support up to 2TB capacity
  • Quick and easy install

 

Cons:

  • Plastic a bit flimsy
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