Computer Geeks eSATA Enclosure HE-2521B
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-20-2010
Provided by: Computer Geeks
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Specifications


Although not branded as such, this unit appears to be based off the Delock 42465 enclosure, and shares the same case style and accessories. Delock is headquartered in Germany and there are no US distributors listed on their website, however Geeks has carried other non-US products previously such as J&W motherboards. The case comes with a tri-fold user guide, mounting screws and mini screwdriver, driver CD and both USB 2.0 and powered eSATA cables. The manual is very brief but well documented and includes diagrams for installation and connection methods.


The unit is comprised of a brushed aluminum center section with plastic end caps. There is some white lettering on one side describing the specifications of the device, unfortunately this is printed onto the surface and probably could not be removed without scratching the anodized coating. I'd rather see a logo here or nothing at all rather than a list of features. On either side of the aluminum center are plastic end caps. One of the ends is blank and non-removable, the other houses all the connection ports. These include a jack for DC power connection, mini USB 2.0 connector, eSATA connector and power/activity LED.


Two screws hold the end with the connectors in place. Once these are removed the end slides out of the enclosure and reveals the PCB which provides the mounting surface for the drive. Standard SATA data and power connectors are fixed onto the PCB requiring that the drive simply be slid into place, and then use the provided screws through the holes in the PCB to hold it there. On the bottom of the PCB we find a JMicron JM20316 bridge chip that handles the translation from SATA to USB.


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