Date: June 18th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
- Dual output interface - USB2.0 and eSATA (external Serial ATA) allows you to transfer data up to 480Mbps or 3Gbps respectively
- Support up to 750G SATA hard disk drive
- Unique HDD cooler brings fresh air in and around the HDD for maximum cooling to protect your valuable asset
- Two layer (plastic with aluminum) structure upper and lower covers to absorb HDD and fan noise
- Carbon-glass filled frame to reinforce the strength of the whole enclosure
- Built-in silicone pad to absorb HDD noise
- Included USB cable, eSATA cable, and eSATA bracket to convert internal SATA to eSATA
- Stand included
- Very quiet fan operation - under 22 dBA
- Noise Level: 20 dbA with the blower on inside the enclosure
- Supports Windows 2000 / XP / ME / VISTA
- Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.6 x 5.7 cm
This is Antec’s first foray into the drive enclosure arena, but it’s obvious from the feature list that this is no slap-dash ploy to grab a bit of market share. This is a well-designed, high quality product with a sturdy casing, USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity, and active cooling. Antec promises nearly silent cooling as well, but users should take note that the MX-1 will likely exceed the listed 20 dbA with a drive installed, how much will depend on hard drive choice. One thing that the MX-1 isn’t is petite. At 8.5 x 5.75 x 2.25 inches, it’s a bit larger than many enclosures in its class owing to the fan and ducting for the cooling system. Don’t have eSATA support on your mobo or case? No worries, Antec has you covered. They include an expansion slot bracket and eSATA cable, along with a USB cable.
The MX-1 arrived with its carton in a rather distressed condition, but this is no fault of Antec. The box is attractive and displays a complete run-down of the specifications and feature set.
The contents were in pristine condition thanks to the packing materials. A small user’s guide that is heavy on the illustrations and light on the text is also included. It’s also available on the Antec website and you can view it HERE.
With the packaging removed, you can see that there are a lot of goodies included in this kit. Besides the enclosure and stand, there is the power cable and transformer with its wall cord, USB cable, eSATA cable and the expansion slot bracket. A zip bag holds four special screws to secure the drive in the enclousure. Curiously, Antec neglected to include a screw for the bracket.
The USB and eSATA cables are, respectively, a generous 4 and 3.5 feet in length, and the bracket cable measures 16 inches.