Bytecc ME-350US USB2.0 HDD Enclosure Review
A few months ago I had a hard time
finding a portable USB2.0 compatible hard drive enclosure. At the time I had a
20GB tape drive that needed to be moved between 10 or so computers for the
purposes of conducting on-the-spot backups. The tape drive had originally come with its own
portable enclosure, but since the connection at rear was USB1.1, it was 'slower
than molasses in the middle of the South Pole.'
The enclosure I finally found was big, beige, and
pretty ugly, but with that USB2.0 connection round back,
it got the job done mighty fast. In this review we'll be looking
at a little more stylish hard drive enclosure which does pretty much the same
thing as the big ugly unit we last tested.
the Bytecc ME-350US apart is the
significantly more compact size, external power brick, and smooth aluminum
chassis. The jury is still out on the little
blue LED at the very front of the drive, but everything else is in order, and
configured fairly neatly.
||Bytecc ME-350U2 USB2.0 Hard
Aluminum enclosure and parts, stand,
USB2.0 cable, power adaptor and plug, small driver CD for Win98/98SE
Bytecc ME-350US ships unassembled, and so it take five or ten minutes to install
the hard drive (which you must provide separately, no drives are included in
the kit) from scratch.
Installation is dead simple; the hard drive is connected up to the 80-pin IDE
cable and molex power connector, and the entire assembly is slid into the
one-piece aluminum chassis.
The hard drive
is secured to the aluminum chassis with 2 or 3 screws along either side, and
then the electronics package (the IDE to USB2.0 converter) is slid into the
enclosure and screwed in place with a couple of very small self tapping screws.
The circuit board is protected from short
circuiting against the aluminum chassis by ways of a plastic support, to which
the screws actually sink into.
With everything inside the unit
all snug as a bug, a set of dovetailed covers slide into place on either side
of the aluminum enclosure, and are capped off by a final back plate which
is screwed into place as well.
When it's all said and done, the Bytecc ME-350U2 locks the hard drive
behind at least three sets of screws, and provides a very clean, and very
compact housing for the drive itself.