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MiniPro 2.5-in SATA to USB 3.0 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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MiniPro 2.5-in SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA 6Gbps External Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure (up to 15mm, UASP)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 76 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 6.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed3.8   below average
Case3.6   below average
Power3.5   average
Cable2.9   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"update: i found out that it was the usb 3 cable that was the problem."
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"My only real complaints are the extremely short cables supplied with the unit (they're only about 18 inches long, but it's easy enough to replace them with longer cables later if need be) and the activity LED can be a little hard to see behind the aluminum grille."
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")Note that using either the included eSATA cable or their $14.95 eSATA + DC cable, the enclosure sits ridiculously close to your laptop (due to the shortness of either cable), possibly making vibration issues a problem with harddisk drives that having spinning moving parts since it sits so close to the laptop eSATA port."
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"Tried this with my Seagate 500gb HDD (that works fine in a different eSATA docking station) and using both their external $14.95 split eSATA + DC cable and the stock eSATA PSU cables, the enclosure and HDD powers on fine but is unable to be recognized by the laptop."
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"Only downside is slight misfit with cable connector, but its minor."
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"Notice that the drives that have a Y cable (to provide 1.0A to the drive) have the fewest negative ratings and the ones that don't (like Seagate) have the most."
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"installed a Samsung Spinpoint 2TB M9T Mobile SATA Drive ST2000LM003 plugged in the SATA cable and everything works without problem"
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"I had to reformat the drive and use one of my eSATA cables and all seems good."
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"I opted for the USB 3.0 eSATA combo version as it comes with an external 5V 2A power adapter as well as a USB-to-DC power cable (great for those times when a single USB port doesn't provide enough power to run the drive motor), extras which are not included with the cheaper USB 3.0-only version."
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"My only real complaints are the extremely short cables supplied with the unit (they're only about 18 inches long, but it's easy enough to replace them with longer cables later if need be) and the activity LED can be a little hard to see behind the aluminum grille."
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Case

Case:
"I haven't checked but I doubt that the case has upgradable firmware to fix a USB-related problem."
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"Some Drive cases I have read have some problems with having more then 1 at a time on 1 system."
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"The only con is the rubber feet and some slightly flimsy screws holding the case together."
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"I have yet to have my drive I put in it Drop once using this thing under ESATA with this I got the 1tb WD NAS drive for only 70$ with this case it was about 110$ but well worth the price."
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"good case."
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"Excellent well made tiny case for an external 2.5 drive."
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"The only way you could make this better would be to cut the cases height by a good 30% as the space is really not required."
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"it is also build nice and strong, with a hefty aluminum case."
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Power

Power:
"AC power in solves all eSATA connection problems associated with other boxes like this trying to get power from the USB cable and then trying to make an eSATA connection."
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"A little inconvenient to have to power it separately but it works as advertised."
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"Unfortunately, it is a power hog and you need to use the included AC power supply for all the computers that use USB 2.0."
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"Tried this with my Seagate 500gb HDD (that works fine in a different eSATA docking station) and using both their external $14.95 split eSATA + DC cable and the stock eSATA PSU cables, the enclosure and HDD powers on fine but is unable to be recognized by the laptop."
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"In those instances, it would be best to use USB power only."
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"The nice options not found on cheaper options were: external power supply (avoids using up a USB port, but you still have the option to power that way which is nice) and SATA III 6Gbps (all others do SATA II 3Gbps)."
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"I like that it is small, very well made aluminium build, very good USB 3.0 interface, and it comes with is own power adapter, which is important if you want to operate the USB 3.0 at full speed l like I do."
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"I opted for the USB 3.0 eSATA combo version as it comes with an external 5V 2A power adapter as well as a USB-to-DC power cable (great for those times when a single USB port doesn't provide enough power to run the drive motor), extras which are not included with the cheaper USB 3.0-only version."
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Speed

Speed:
"Fast performance, one of the best if not the best USB 3.0 and SATA bridge cages for your HDD."
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"This was making my whole system funky and slow at first and the drives write speeds were really slow then failed altogether, at first I thought the Samsung may have been a bad drive but not the case."
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"More importantly, the performance and stability of the USB and eSATA interfaces is outstanding."
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"Excellent Product Performance and usability and fully compatible via USB3 or Esata really Fast...."
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"Love having e-sata and USB so I can download fast from my computer and playback on anything with a USB port."
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"This is a great cost effective and performance alternative to the new USB flash sticks that have 250MB s reads and writes if you pair this cage with a decent SSD."
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"Lightweight and good speed."
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