Kingwin Elite Series Hard Drive Enclosures
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 06-05-2008
Provided by: Kingwin
Pages:
Software / Usage / Conclusion




The One Touch Backup System is run by the included PCClone EX Lite software. Under Windows XP Pro, I had to open My Computer and find the Setup.exe file - it did not auto-run. Installation itself was painless and took only a minute or so. Using the program is pretty self explanatory - just select the file(s) you want to back up on the left, then click the backup icon on the bottom right. You will be prompted to complete the backup. Overall, the software does work, but it seemed really laggy, especially when selecting the files I wanted to back up. My suggestion would be to simply bypass this software and manually back up data yourself.




I tested the Kingwin Elite Series Enclosure by running three hard drive benchmarking programs: HD Tach 3.0.4.0, HD Tune 2.55 and SiSoft Sandra Lite XII.SP2c. I used a Western Digital 74 GB Raptor 10,000 RPM hard drive in the enclosure. I was only able to use the USB 2.0 interface, as I do not have an eSATA port on my computer and an adapter was not included (although an eSATA cable was). Below are the results from testing.


The results are right on par with what I expected, and are of course hampered by the USB 2.0 bandwidth.

Conclusions

At the end of the day, the Kingwin Elite Series Enclosure is a decent product, but it does have a few flaws. Overall, the enclosures look really nice and are available in three different color accents: red, blue and black. The enclosure itself makes use of both USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces. eSATA is still somewhat new, and many computer systems don't have native support for it. An add-in adapter card would have been a nice addition to this package. The included clear plastic stand works as it should - you can either use it or simply lay the enclosure flat on your desk.

The included software, while it did work, felt pretty cheap in my opinion and not really necessary. I found it easier to simply open My Computer and back up files to the drive as I would with any other enclosure.

My biggest gripe is easily the length of the power and USB cables. The power cable isn't even 4' long and the USB cable is only 3' long. I couldn't even have the enclosure sit "comfortably" on my desk and reach the power strip on the floor - simply unacceptable. An extra 2-3' of length in both cables is a must.

If Kingwin can include an add-in eSATA card and get some longer cables, this enclosure has everything else needed to make it an excellent choice for any user. As of writing, the Kingwin Elite Series Enclosure sells for $29.99 at a popular online reseller.

Thanks to Kingwin for supplying us with this review sample.


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