Date: February 24th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SNT
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
Fit for 2 X SATA 3.5" hard drivers
SATA to USB 2.0 + SATA Interface
Easy DIP Switch for setting RAID: Single, span, stripe, mirror, SAFE33, SAFE50, or GUI mode (*Compatible with Silicon Image host chipset)
Transfer rate: USB2.0: 480Mbps, SATA: up to 3Gbps
Adjust Fan Speed (High & Low) Options
External Power adapter 100-240V/1.2A
Sensor alarm for overheat & too low speed
With hot-plug function
Aluminum material and air Cooling fan
Dimension: 200 X 149 X 70mm
The ST-2320 model is available in a few different flavors. Some have a single interface connector (USB or eSATA) while there are others that have different combinations of USB, eSATA, and Firewire interfaces. The review sample sent to me accepts USB and eSATA connections.
Finding this product online to buy is next to impossible. The only way to purchase it is through Sunnytek directly, and you must submit an online inquiry to them before getting a price. The packaging is nothing to write home about, but everything inside is neatly and securely arranged and that's what matters.
Everything you need for using this enclosure is included right in the box. This includes the enclosure itself, instruction manual, software CD, eSATA cable, and USB cable. The only thing the user has to provide is SATA hard drives.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
There are a lot of enclosures out there that advertise portability, but this one takes it to a whole new level. The exterior is made out of thick, rugged aluminum and even sports a carrying handle at the top. If there was ever an enclosure designed to withstand abuse, it is this one.
A series of lights is at the top to indicate power, drive activity and RAID level. There is also a small “backup sw” button that launches backup software on the PC. Sunnytek included a backup program with the enclosure, but you are free to use a different one as well.
Each drive bay has a small dial that either locks it or releases it. Be careful when releasing the door because it will swing out quickly and with a decent amount of force, which caught me by surprise.