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Anker 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure Case for 9.5mm by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Anker 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure Case for 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 558 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.8   average
Service4.7   above average
Installation4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Screw4.5   above average
Transfer4.3   average
Case4.1   above average
Port4.1   above average
Windows4.0   above average
Cable3.9   average
Connection3.8   above average
Packaging3.7   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"I disconnected from computer and tried to remove the cable from the hard disk case, still unable to."
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"I also have problem on cable provided with device that require pull back 0.100 to make good connection."
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"Also, the cord included is pretty thick, so it is hard to manage."
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"The reason I dislike this about others is the lack of cables most people have that are USB A to A while most already have a micro USB cable laying around from their mobile devices."
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"The USB connector (where the cable plugs into the unit) appears a bit flimsy and not as robust as the one on my old Toshiba."
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"The case is reasonably light, sturdy, and slim; the ports are a nice snug fit and the cable that the Anker comes with is ideal for light use but for more intense use I would recommend a dual A to Micro-B USB 3.0 Y cable."
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"It is a great product just I got the bad cable."
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"Also, the cord included is pretty thick, so it is hard to manage."
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"Solid build, came with a good cable."
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Case

Case:
"I disconnected from computer and tried to remove the cable from the hard disk case, still unable to."
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"In the end I've gotta say, Anker did a fantastic job with this disk case, I've been waiting for something negative to show up but this tiny little case is doing an excellent job!"
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"Have not had a chance to test speed out on an SSD drive yet, but my spinners all tested as fast in this case as they did in the actual computer, so no complaints so far...Have only used a couple weeks so far, I will update if anything changes."
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"The big problem I have with the case, however, is that there is ~ .5mm of play between the blunt end of a standard 2.5 inch HDD SSD and the end of the case."
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"The case is a little hard to get closed all the way, I have to use a knife to pry up the tabbed section to get the slots all lined up."
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"The case seems plenty durable enough for my needs."
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"I was looking for a good and steardy 2.5 inch hard drive case that would be easy to remove the drive but have a rugged durability."
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"Very easy to set-up, quality case and no issues with this product."
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"A well built and attractive hard drive case."
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"If anyone actually manages to come across this review, just be aware that while this does work perfectly, and while I do recommend it to anyone needing an enclosure case, this is for 2.5 Inch drives, aka 'laptop' drives."
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Connection

Connection:
"Sometimes I don't have an internet connection and I need to deal with large spreadsheets, it's hard to manage data when you're constantly shifting and shuffling SD Cards and flash drives, I wanted a solution that sat on my desk or in my bag and I just plugged it in when I need it."
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"USB Connection broke quickly."
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"Very nice design and feel but unfortunately wouldn't stay connected to the computer."
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"Pros:+ Well build+ Good quality+ High data transfer rate+ Plug and Play (All the drivers are installed automatically)+ Instruction Manual is to the point+ Ability to use old hard disk as extra external hard disk+ Supports certain size SATA, HDD and SSD+ Connected 1 TB hard disk with no problem+ Price+ LED indicator to show the state of the hard diskCons:- Opening and Closing of the Enclosure can be little betterI found the hard disk enclosure really useful."
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"I also have problem on cable provided with device that require pull back 0.100 to make good connection."
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"Works great when connected to USB 3.0 Ports, but spotty USB 2.0 compatibility."
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"I use a Toshiba 500GB Hard drive, it's slow, spins at about 5300RPM, a very standard and low grade hard drive and it runs perfectly, no dropped connections, decent transfer speeds and it comes with a status light that's not bright at all, which for me is a plus."
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"It's small, easy to connect, and does the job."
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"No loose connections and everything fits like it should and are in excellent condition."
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Installation

Installation:
"Wow, installation couldn't've been easier: no screws, mounting brackets, or duck tape needed."
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"Tool-less installation is definitely a plus, and allows for easy swapping between drives."
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"Easy to use, installing the hard drive took all of 5 seconds."
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"nice speed (30mb p s) on my system, i like the installation whit out tools and the price."
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"Prompt shipment and very easy installation; i. e insert the drive and connect to you PC."
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"Easy installation."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Before giving the client back the old drive ment it was wrapped in the package from the new drive and useless to them."
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"The product arrived with all parts in their original packaging with no damage."
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"Shipping, Packaging and Material - 5 Stars- Fast Shipping- Well protected container- Awesome unobtrusive minimalistic package design- 100% Eco Friendly Packaging- 100% Frustration Free Packaging- Package contents: Anker USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure, USB 3.0 cable, instruction manualFeatures - 5 Stars- Supports 7 & 9.5mm 2.5 Drives- Works with SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III HDD and SSD interfaces."
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"The packaging was brown cardboard which opened easily and could be re-used for storing the drive (and a few old laptop parts) when I gave it back to the friend I pulled the drive for."
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"Great product, simple and easy to set up with easy packaging and fast shipping."
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"Nice packaging and presentation as with all Anker products I've gotten."
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"Fast Shipping with amazon prime and the packaging was amazing."
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"Seems to me like they pay attention to the aesthetics, from packaging to the actual product and I was rather please so far..."
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Port

Port:
"Doesn't draw adequate power when attached to a USB 2.0 port, but otherwise works as advertised."
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"The Usb 3.0 port on the hdd casing broke after the 4th use..Not impressed with the durability of this product considering i have own lots of hdd casing...the oldest like 4 yrs...this didnt survive 4th usage! "
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"Pros: Low cost, speedy transfers, able to use in the 1st port of a hubCons: If you don't have a dedicated USB port it might have to occupy the 1st port of a multi USB hub or there may be transfer problems, or it may become unrecognized by the OS, or your PC may hang-up requiring a reboot that may stall until the drive is unplugged."
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"So far so good once I figured out that it needed its own USB port or at least it was plugged into the first port of a multi USB hub."
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"Works great when connected to USB 3.0 Ports, but spotty USB 2.0 compatibility."
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"The case is reasonably light, sturdy, and slim; the ports are a nice snug fit and the cable that the Anker comes with is ideal for light use but for more intense use I would recommend a dual A to Micro-B USB 3.0 Y cable."
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"The Usb 3.0 port on the hdd casing broke after the 4th use..Not impressed with the durability of this product considering i have own lots of hdd casing...the oldest like 4 yrs...this didnt survive 4th usage! "
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Price

Price:
"Very cheap and flimsy plastic."
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"Was not expecting such a well made enclosure for the same price was my last one."
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"I had high hopes for this drive - affordable, tool-less install - but was disappointed."
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"Very good enclosure - the plastic could feel a bit classier, but for the price I have no complaints."
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"I took me a while to fin a well made external enclosure at a decent price this one is the best compromise, style and performance."
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"Pros:+ Well build+ Good quality+ High data transfer rate+ Plug and Play (All the drivers are installed automatically)+ Instruction Manual is to the point+ Ability to use old hard disk as extra external hard disk+ Supports certain size SATA, HDD and SSD+ Connected 1 TB hard disk with no problem+ Price+ LED indicator to show the state of the hard diskCons:- Opening and Closing of the Enclosure can be little betterI found the hard disk enclosure really useful."
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"inexpensive and works perfectly."
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"Great price, great product and super fast shipping."
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"It's a sturdy lightweight enclosure with USB 3.0 and a great price."
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"Original post: I own a few Anker products and they tend to be good for the price - but this enclosure was the second major miss from Anker in the past year."
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"This is a great affordable enclosure, it came super quick from Anker and while it's all plastic it still feels secure and gets the job done."
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Quality

Quality:
"One of the plastic tabs that are there to latch the sliding door shut broke off almost immediately, which calls into question the quality of the plastic used."
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"The cable that came with this seems to fit a bit wonky, and sometimes it's a bit hard to close once I have a hard drive in it but other than that, great quality, lightweight and very portable, would definitely buy another if I ever needed to! "
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"This works beautifully and feels like a quality product."
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"Good and solid, happy once again with Anker quality."
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"Anker always make good quality products and this USB 3.0 laptop external enclosure is another example of there excellence."
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"Very easy to set-up, quality case and no issues with this product."
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"As usual the build quality is good, not a cheap plastic."
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Screw

Screw:
"Wow, installation couldn't've been easier: no screws, mounting brackets, or duck tape needed."
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"Also requires no screws so its very quick and easy to put together."
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"At first I liked the simple install, no screws, worked immediately.... but then it crashed my entire system."
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"Great device with no screws."
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"This case has great utility and potential; no screws to contend with means it's much easier to swap drives on the fly."
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"It requires no screws (unlike my previous enclosure), had excellent reviews, and I had heard good reviews from Anker myself."
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Service

Service:
"While I'm thankful for the customer service, the enclosure isn't the best - I still recommend going elsewhere for your SSD enclosure needs until Anker releases an updated version."
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"Customer service is really great."
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"Good to see their Customer Service personnel have good attention to detail."
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"In the meantime, I'll say a good word for Ankers customer service people and Policy."
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"I love their products and their service is amazing."
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"The warranty service was fantastic!"
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Speed

Speed:
"So if you desire speed, this may not be the best option."
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"Wouldn't recommend an ssd only because of the limited USB3 transfer speed."
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"Have not had a chance to test speed out on an SSD drive yet, but my spinners all tested as fast in this case as they did in the actual computer, so no complaints so far...Have only used a couple weeks so far, I will update if anything changes."
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"My laptop has only usb2.0 so I can't take advantage of usb3 transfer speed, but the Anker was backwards compatible so no problem."
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"I took me a while to fin a well made external enclosure at a decent price this one is the best compromise, style and performance."
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"It has performed well."
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"Great product, simple and easy to set up with easy packaging and fast shipping."
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"Great price, great product and super fast shipping."
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"I am currently using one with a solid state drive and one with an HDD, and it's pretty much just as fast to pull files as when they were internal drives (if not slightly faster in the HDD's case)."
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"While, if the enclosure is connected directly to one of the USB3 ports of the Mac, the smaller disk was handled without a problem by the enclosure, until it spinned down, then it will not spin up again, and slow down the other tasks."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Wouldn't recommend an ssd only because of the limited USB3 transfer speed."
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"Pros: Low cost, speedy transfers, able to use in the 1st port of a hubCons: If you don't have a dedicated USB port it might have to occupy the 1st port of a multi USB hub or there may be transfer problems, or it may become unrecognized by the OS, or your PC may hang-up requiring a reboot that may stall until the drive is unplugged."
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"My laptop has only usb2.0 so I can't take advantage of usb3 transfer speed, but the Anker was backwards compatible so no problem."
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"file transfer is stable as well."
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"Pros: Low cost, speedy transfers, able to use in the 1st port of a hubCons: If you don't have a dedicated USB port it might have to occupy the 1st port of a multi USB hub or there may be transfer problems, or it may become unrecognized by the OS, or your PC may hang-up requiring a reboot that may stall until the drive is unplugged."
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"Some other cheap USB 3.0 to combined sata sata power have caused machine stutter for reasons unknown, but this has operated smoothly while enabling peak transfer rates with a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB."
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"I use a Toshiba 500GB Hard drive, it's slow, spins at about 5300RPM, a very standard and low grade hard drive and it runs perfectly, no dropped connections, decent transfer speeds and it comes with a status light that's not bright at all, which for me is a plus."
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"Transfer speeds on it fantastic and it does not require tools to add or remove the drive making it easy to use multiple SSD or HDD."
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Windows

Windows:
"Lots of IO errors from Windows when copying files to or from this."
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"I was unable to boot Windows 8.1 using a Samsung 850 EVO SSD on my late 2012 iMac."
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"I think the controller is very good at bridging the hd to pc that windows directly recognize the box as the original harddisk."
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"This must be a quirk between Ubuntu (14.10 15.04) and the enclosure, as the device works fine on Windows (8.1) and the hard drive inside works perfectly when used in other enclosures regardless of OS."
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", I have test with Windows 8.1 and Mac 10.10.3 and I see a perfect speed !"
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"Tested on Windows and Linux without problems"
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"Installed and old SSD and works great on Windows and MAC."
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