The HE-2521B 2½" eSATA enclosure from Computer Geeks is a nifty little item in a well-bundled package. Everything you need, sans a 2½" notebook drive, is included in the kit, both USB and powered eSATA cables, mounting screws and screwdriver, user manual and convenient travel case. There's even a driver CD supplied on the odd chance you're still using Windows 98. The quality of the entire kit is very good, the enclosure itself fits together well and there were no problems installing a hard drive. The cables have thick, molded rubber jackets that remain flexible with good, snug-fitting connectors and a perfectly sized vinyl sleeve helps protect the item from accidental damage.
Performance was not quite on par with other eSATA enclosures that utilize 3½" desktop hard drives, however this is a consequence of using a notebook drive. Even with its 7200RPM and 8MB cache, the Hitachi drive only managed 40MB/s on average sustained reads, however unfortunately you're not likely to find much better performance than that from a 2½" hard drive. Of course if you go solid state you can get much faster throughput but at a much higher price as well, and probably less capacity.
One of the best selling points of this enclosure is in my opinion the price. It's available from Geeks for only $13.99 which seems like a steal for all the features and everything included in the kit. With some smart shopping you can add in a 500GB notebook drive and come out right around $100. Or if you're thinking about upgrading your laptop to an SSD but don't want to lose all your extra space, move your old drive over to the enclosure and have the best of both worlds.
OCIA.net awards the Geeks HE-2521B 2½" eSATA enclosure our Gold Seal of Approval.