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  Product:     Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure  
  Price:     $75 (CAN) / $60 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ultra Products
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     February 10th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Malsert from Ultra Products for sending the Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure for review.

Introduction:

Removable storage devices have recently started to gain popularity amongst computer enthusiasts due to the low cost factor and amount convenience provided for transporting important data. Most removable hot-swap storage drives have been part of IT industry for years most often deployed on medium to large scale networks. Recently, we have witnessed a few companies introducing and applying this technology for the home based PC market. Prices for IDE hard drives have lowered to the point where larger storage drives can now be purchased for next to nothing. For smaller office networks this is great alternative option since it minimizes overall expenses and at the same time fulfills network storage requirements. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure, a plug and play solution for removable media.

Specifications:

The Ultra Mini Portable is one of two external hard drive enclosures available on the Ultra Products website. The Ultra Mini Portable is a dual combination enclosure that supports both USB and Firewire technologies. The premise behind this product is that it has been designed for home networks, offices, and small to medium businesses. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Ultra Products website:

Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - Key Features:
Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure: Manufactured by Ultra Products
Dimensions: 190mm x 125mm x 45mm
Weight: 240g
Device Format: 3.5" ATA HDD
Material: Plastic
Cooling Fan: 40mm x 40mm x 10mm
Transfer Rate: USB2.0 (480 MB/s) / IEEE1394 (400 MB/s)
Power Input: 12VDC
Temperature: Operating 0C - 60C / Non-Operation: -20C - 80C
Built-in cooling fan and easy installation
Compatible OS: Window 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 & Above
Front mounted Power and HD access LEDs

Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure
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Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure
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The Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure was shipped in a standard double-walled corrugated cardboard box with the Ultra Product logos printed on all sides. The packaging was very eye catching with a large view of the Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure across the front and back. On the rear of the packaging was a summarized list of product specifications and components. Upon opening up the packaging, the product is sealed with protective plastic and secured by a foldable cardboard sheet.

Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure
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Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure
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The Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure includes an assortment of accessories which include the following:
  • 1 x Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure
  • 4 x Enclosure feet
  • 1 x Power adapter
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 2 x Firewire (IEEE1394) cables
  • 1 x Driver CD
  • 1 x User manual (6 pages)
  • 1 x Package of mounting screws
The documentation included with the Ultra Mini Portable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure consists of a 6-page user manual which outlines system requirements, hardware installation, driver installation, and assembly instructions. The application CD also includes USB based drivers for consumers running Windows 98 and Macintosh. No drivers are required for consumers who are running Windows ME/2000/XP operating systems.
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