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Thermaltake Vi-on 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Price: $59.99


In a world where bigger and better seems to mean things keep getting smaller and smaller, is there a need for big bulky hard drive enclosures? Let me paint you a picture. You’re riding your bike, hit a rut and eat it. “Oh #$%@!” you say to yourself, “I forgot I had my jump drive in my pocket.” You remember backing up all of your work and pictures off your PC before formatting your PC’s hard drive. You reach down into your pocket pulling out the crushed remains of your new 32 GB jump drive.

In a world where things are getting smaller and people aren’t getting smarter, maybe, just maybe, convenience and portability isn’t as important as being able to know exactly where you put your beloved data back up device. Hard drive enclosures like the Thermaltake Vi-on have been out for awhile and most IT employees use a combination of both thumb drives and hard drive enclosures for portable data backup. Thumb drives, while convenient, still do not hold enough storage to fully replace hard drive enclosures.

I can here you saying "I am not an IT worker, why would I need a backup enclosure?" The answer is simple, you have pictures, songs, documents, and other personal files that may not be the end of the world to lose for others but mean the world to you. The thought of losing these can be alleviated by backing them up on an enclosure. What other purposes could you have? Well, let's say you have two computers and want a similar song, game, movie, or anything else for that matter on your second PC. All you have to do is plug in the drive, copy over the files, and put them on your second computer. Are all enclosures created equal? That is what we are here to find out. Let’s check out the Thermaltake Vi-on hard drive enclosure and see how it stacks up next to the competition.


Closer Look:

The Thermaltake Vi-on hard drive enclosure’s packaging seems quite substantial for such a small item. The graphics on the packaging show exactly what the internal fan does for the system's temperature regulation, along with all of the specs and features found in this particular unit. The box mentions a three year warranty, which we learned from the movie Tommy Boy is important for customers to see. The design work is very quality, some packaging I have seen reeks of cheesy design; if I saw this box on a shelf I would buy this product.




Opening the packaging reveals why the packaging is as large as it is for such a small item. The Thermaltake Vi-on hard drive enclosure is well protected in its packaging. Due to the large pieces of foam used it is definitely secure. I think a person would be hard pressed to open one of these to find it damaged in shipping.


Like some of the other Thermaltake products, the Thermaltake Vi-on comes with the fancy wiping cloth. Also included in the packaging are USB, eSata, power, manual, and installation instructions.



Let's check out the enclosure a little closer now.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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