Vizo Luxon External Hard Drive Enclosure
Vizo has sent us yet another fine product up for review - their Luxon series of external hard drive enclosures. With three colors: black, gray, and blue, as well as IDE, SATA, or eSATA capability, these enclosures have everything that a person could want.
Specifications (from vizo.com.tw):
Fully support 3.5" IDE or SATA Hard Drive
Support 480Mbps High Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
Support 1.5Gbps High Speed Serial-ATA
4 functions in it :
USB to IDE HDD, USB to SATA HDD
SATA to IDE HDD, SATA to SATA HDD
Mirror finish & rich 3 colors (Black, Blue, Silver) available
Aluminum housing for excellent heat dissipation.
Support plug and play & hot swappable
Must be attached to hot swappable compliant host to enable hot swappable function
The Vizo Luxon comes with the metal enclosure, USB adapter, enclosure stand, manual, cleaning cloth, AC adapter, screws, and small hex screwdriver. The eSATA enclosure also comes with an eSATA cable.
NOTE: In order to utilize the capabilities of eSATA your motherboard must support eSATA or you must have an add-on controller that supports eSATA. Normal SATA controllers or ports on your motherboard will not operate as eSATA ports.
Installation of our test hard drive went smooth and easy. As you can see the internals are simple and installation is pretty straight forward.
The blue enclosure was also sent to us in eSATA form to test:
Powered on, the top plexiglass sliver lights up blue. During HDD access, this color changes to purple, we found the hard drive light to be one of the easier to see of the many external enclosures we have tested.
Gallery on Vizo.com.tw:
This enclosure has very nice lines, as well as a nicely designed vent on the bottom. The image on the side is classy, and the mirrored finish adds a nice touch to any room. Its aluminum construction allows the case to be light, as well as an efficient heatsink. The only thing we didn't like was how hard the screws had to turn to secure the enclosure, but this can be fixed by using a better screwdriver located around the home. Though it is a nice enclosure, the $65 price tag we found did not seem to be too easy on the wallet. Although for an eSATA equipped external drive enclosure with good looks it is priced appropriately.
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