Review of USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure


…and I’m back with the second review for today, or it could be considered part two of the earlier review I posted today. I couldn’t exactly test a USB3.0 PCIE card without something that was USB3.0, so I used a nice little enclosure for a 2.5” drive.

Today for review I’ve got another product from our friends at Brando USB, it’s a USB3.0 2.5” SATA HDD Enclosure. This enclosure is obviously USB3.0 enabled so I think that in itself is rather special right there.  The enclosure is made of aluminum to help keep the drive nice and cool, and it seems well made. It even comes with a screwdriver to help you get your HDD installed and a nice little carrying pouch. So let’s get into it..

This enclosure is no name brand really, or generic, whatever you may call it works I guess.

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Includes with the enclosure is everything you need to get going except for the hard drive. You’ll find a screwdriver, screws, USB3.0 cable, alternate power cable, instructions and even a little cloth carrying pouch.

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The enclosure I received for review is black in color but it’s also available in silver if you’d rather. It does feel nicely made, it’s thick aluminum so you drive should be relatively safe inside.

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On the end you’ll find the blue USB3.0 port and the power connection.


To open it up you just need to remove two screws from the end where the USB connection is, then you can access the PCB where you’ll attach your hard drive. It’s for SATA drives only so you’ll find an SATA interface on the board as you might expect.

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USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA HDD Enclosure

USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA HDD Enclosure offer USB 3.0 with a theoretical data transfer speed of 5.0 GBit/s. That’s some ten times the USB 2.0 speed of 480 MBit/s. it is a perfect HDD enclosure for everyone.

-Fit any 2.5″ SATA Hard Disk Drives
-Compliant with USB 3.0 Super-Speed (5Gbps), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mbps), USB 1.1 Low-Speed (1.5Mbps)
-Plug and play
-Easy to assemble
-Aluminum material with special surface process, provide better heat dissipation and protection work well with either laptop or desktop
-Dimension: 135 x 82 x 15mm (approx.)
-Weight: 111g

Package Contents:
-USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA HDD Enclosure
-USB 3.0 Cable
-USB 2.0 Power Cable

Price: US$49.00

With this enclosure I used a 2.5” SATA 5400RPM Samsung 500gb hard drive.


Installation require you to connect it to the board and then secure it with four screws on the bottom, simple to do. Once that’s done just slid it back into the aluminum enclosure and replace the two screws to secure it in place and you’ve got youself a nice looking external hard drive.


The little LED that is attached to the front of the PCB is lined up with the USB3.0 logo on the front of the enclosure. It lights up blue when powered on and blinks with activity.

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In the review earlier today when I looked at the USB3.0 PCIE card and the Extension cable I tested this enclosure as part of that review, so the results you’re going to see are those same ons.

So here is the enclosure tested using ATTO Disk Benchmark on both the USB2.0 and USB3.0 interfaces.

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As you can see there’s a very big difference between the USB2.0 and USB3.0 interfaces, more than double the performance.

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For what it is, the USB3.0 2.5” SATA HDD Enclosure from Brando USB is a nice one really. It’s well made, installation is easy and it looks pretty good too.

Coming in at right under $50 it’s a bit expensive, but I think most things USB3.0 are going to be expensive right now…

I’m curious, has any else out there moved to USB3.0 yet? Do you feel it’s worth it to be an early adopter?


+Easy installation
+Well made
+Includes screwdriver and carrying pouch

-A bit expensive


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  6 comments for “Review of USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure

  1. April 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I tried identical enclosure branded as Dynamode. The issue was ceiling of Sata I that is 130MB/s while I was expecting 250MB/s at SSD.
    Make sure your enclosure supports SATA-II when you buy.
    While when you review try all the options and identify bottlenecks!

  2. Wolfgang
    August 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I just tried to house a 2,5″ WD Scorpio Blue with 1TB a it does not fit !
    Therefore you are wrong in saying:
    -Fit any 2.5? SATA Hard Disk Drives !!!

    The case only fits any 9.5mm HDD but not the 12mm ones !

  3. September 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for the review!

    More and more companies need to start producing more USB 3.0 devices to drive the cost down to a level when the technology becomes affordable.

  4. Colosos70
    November 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Will this enclosure enable the transfer rate of 480Mb/s using the usb3.0 cable in a usb2.o socket??

  5. Margaret
    January 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Ok Did you use an enclosure ,with a SATA6 interface,(Not the bottlenecked’ SATA I/III) with a SATA6 drive capable of reaching the USB 3.0 drive’s SUPERSPEED? The manufactures/stores selling enclosures, advertise superspeed or 5Gb/s speed. They have an STATA I/III interface, these versions of SATA are only capable of reaching a maximum of 3Gbs.

  6. Dave Dennett
    November 27, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I have tried two USB3 devices (a SATA drive in a Startech enclosure, and a Logitech webcam (1080p). Using the computers (HP Phoenix Envy) USB3 ports or the PCIe USB3 card installed in the computer all resulted in the same results…the webcam worked fairly well, but the hard drive dropped off the computers radar several times in each 24 hour period, requiring the case/drive to be powered down and back up. I am quite disappointed in the current state of USB3, and will not be purchasing any more USB3 devices until they figure out how to keep them working for more than 24 hours at a time.

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