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Oyen Digital MiniPro eSATA / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: Oyen Digital

Conclusion

Pricing

As of March 23, the Oyen Digital MiniPro™ eSATA / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Enclosure is available at Amazon.com for $39.95 (Prime eligible).

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Conclusion

Before continuing with our final thoughts on this device, we would like to take this opportunity to give our friends at Oyen Digital and ASUS a hearty “Thank You” for giving us the opportunity to review the MiniPro™ eSATA / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Enclosure. The device is simple to setup and operate with unbelievable performance no matter what type of connection you use to connect the device to a host system. With its matte-black powder-coat, the MiniPro™ would be a welcome addition to any enthusiast's rig.

Strengths

  • Performance across all port types
  • Included cables and accessories
  • UASP support and performance
  • Appearance and quality of device coat

Weaknesses

  • Limited availability of UASP-supporting motherboards

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April 1, 2013 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would buy this in a heartbeat if it came with a gigabit ethernet port, and the software to allow me to connect it to my USB 2.0 laptop's gigabit ethernet port, amd back up my hard drive! One gigabit ethernet is around 2.1 times the bandwidth of usb 2.0 (480 megabits per sec). M$ requires the pro version of windows 7, just to be able to back up to a network location! It is a royal pain in the A$$ ad-hocking over a cat5 cable my usb 2.0 laptops with the one laptop I own that has USB 3.0, via its gigabit ethernet port, but this makes my backups faster! There are millions of older laptops out there with gigabit ethernet cards, but only have usb 2.0 ports, and a drive that could do backups over the eathernet, without having to pay the M$ OS pro-version TAX, would sale like hot cakes, and be a little faster than usb 2.0!

April 2, 2013 | 08:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I love my D-Lock eSATAp (eSATA+power)enclosure. My work laptop (Dell Precision M4500)doesn't have USB 3, but it does have eSATAp. However, most of our computers at home just have USB 3, so this enclosure would be great for me.

On the Oyen Digital website is an alternative eSATA cable that is a single eSATAp connector at one end and two connectors at the other: eSATA and DC power. I really wish this cable was included with the enclosure. It's $15 on Amazon (but not available in Canada!). BTW the enclosure is $40 on Amazon.com, but $69 on Amazon.ca. Crazy difference.

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