Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure
Our good friends at Thermaltake have been analyzing the problems that come along with a hard drive - heat. The answer? The Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure. We examine this remarkable product and test the beast.
What's in the box?
The Thermaltake Max 4 comes with the enclosure, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, eSATA cable, eSATA PCI adapter, stand, manual, and driver CD. It is nicely packaged and has a clean look to it.
|(a) MAX4 serigraphy.
(b) Aluminum case.
(c) Vent holes design.
(d) LED light.
(e) USB 2.0 high speed port.
(f) eSATA port.
(g) Power port.
(h) Power switch.
(i) Foot stand
(j) 80x80x15mm Fan
Installing the hard drive was not very difficult. Four screws are removed from the casing, and the door slides off.
From here you'll notice a few things. First, there are black "sliders" on the sides which keep the hard drive in place. This seemed like a good idea, but it wound up being a lot of trouble to tighten down. The second thing is this - instead of plugging cables into the drive and risking breaking the housing, the hard drive is placed into the case, and slid into the power and data plugs.
After all the screws are tightened down, the hard drive is now secure and ready to be tested.
We installed a SATA hard drive of ours and tested the transfer rate compared to a normal hard drive with USB 2.0 and with eSATA. We then checked the temperature of that compared to a normal hard drive. While the USB 2.0 speed was only a little bit faster, the eSATA transfer rate was almost double! After the transfer was complete, We took the hard drive out. The drive was warm, but not even close to a dangerous temperature.
The Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure is a great buy. With it's 80mm blue LED fan, sturdy support, eSATA capability, and good looking enclosure, it is a must for all people wanting to back up their data. The Max 4 is available for approximately $40 from online retailers.
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