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MiniPro 2.5-inch FireWire 800, USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)


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  • Aluminum enclosure provides excellent heat dissipation and protection
  • Accepts 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm and 15mm SATA 2.5" Hard Drives
  • Interface: USB 3.0 (Up to 572 MB/Sec); Firewire 800 (Up to 100 MB/Sec). USB 3.0 port is also compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Bus powered using FireWire or USB, or powered using AC adapter
  • Industry best Oxford 944 (FW800) and ASMedia 1053e (UASP) chipset
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandOyen Digital
Item Weight363 g
Product Dimensions12.4 x 7.9 x 2.5 cm
Item model numberCB3-BK
ColorBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB00684WPW8
Best Sellers Rank 160,676 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight454 g
Date First Available30 Nov 2011
  
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Product Description

The MiniPro™ FireWire 800, USB 3.0 bus-powered portable hard drive enclosure delivers superb performance and reliability. The MiniPro is equipped with the industry's best Oxford chipset, which is approved by many professional Audio/Video hardware and software manufacturers.

The unit is compatible with SATA 2.5" hard drives (up to 15mm) and is powered using Firewire or USB power, or the included AC power adapter.

The solid, stylish enclosure is manufactured using thick aluminum metal alloy, which assists in dissipating heat and providing excellent protection.

Finally, the HDD spin-down feature ensures efficient operation by reducing power consumption. When your computer enters sleep mode, the hard drive spins down to minimize power consumption. The hard drive spins up automatically when the host system wakes up.

With an impressive combination of FireWire 800 and USB 3.0, the MiniPro truly provides the fastest interface available in the portable enclosure market today.

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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Francis Sedgemore on 22 Dec 2011
The hard drive enclosure looks to be of good quality, though I have yet to test it fully, and so cannot comment on the FireWire 800 or USB 3.0 controllers. The problem is that the unit is supplied with a North American mains power supply (2 x flat pin), and so cannot be used in the UK or Ireland without an adapter. Also, as another reviewer has pointed out, the enclosure is not "CE" marked, which means that it is not authorised for sale in the European Union.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good Engineering at its best. 3 Feb 2012
By K. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Wow, what a nice enclosure. As people have noted, it is not cheap, but it is about as well designed as anything I have bought in the computer area. It's small, rugged, and has both Firewire 800 support and high speed USB. If you have a Macbook, having FW800 allows you to boot from an external disk and still have decent performance. I bought a new hard drive for my laptop, and the old hard drive, exactly as it was, is now in this enclosure so I can save it as a bootable image in case somethign happens to my new drive. This case is about as small as you could possibly get and still fit a 2.5" drive. It comes with an external power supply, but that does not seem to be required if you use FW800 interface. Maybe you need it if you daisy-chain FW drives, which this enclosure allows.

As someone noted, it comes with a "short" FW800 cable (maybe 18"), but thats long enough for my uses which will be as a baclup clone of my internal drive. Time Machine is great, but nothing beats having a fully bootable external drive with all your software installed. The case has a small power switch so it does not draw power from the laptop if you are not using the drive. It has a nice blue LED that shows power and disk usage. I think the heatsink style aluminum case will help keep the unit at a reasonable temperature while you use the drive. I hope that the person who did the actual industrial and circuit board design is getting some money from each of these units sold, because that person did an outstanding job of designing this enclosure.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great enclosure! 21 Jun 2012
By D.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Great little enclosure! The silver one looks really really good, especially next to a Macbook Pro.

FW800 is plenty fast, but it also has USB3.0 for use in the future. I am sure you can pop in an SSD in this and it will fly under USB3.0

It comes with plenty of accessories and 3 years of warranty. It is very tiny, self powered and looks good/works well.

I get around 75MB/sec for Read/Write under FW800 on a 5400RPM drive that I removed from my factory MBP.

One thing I did dislike is the black FW800 cable that came with it. I wish it was white and thinner. It doesn't bend easily.

Also did not like the logo on top. I used rubbing alcohol to rub it away and it looks much nicer now!

The LED in the front is also too bright. I wish there was no LED at all.

Overall, I am very satisfied. There are plenty of ugly enclosures in the market, I am glad someone is making good looking/functional ones.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Quality build. Worthless heat sink. 26 Oct 2012
By Alain - Published on Amazon.com
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The Package:
Good fit of parts, screw recesses, interior for drive. Check.
All included cables. Powersupply is slim & 90° rotated pins. Check.
USB 3.0 cable is about 12 inches.
FW800 cable is about 18 inches.
(Long cables annoy me. This is a very appropriate length for many applications. where drive is near CPU. If you need longer, buy one.)

Attractive.
Nice finish. functional style. The case, that is. But why have such a stylish case with a downright ugly white FW cable? The powersupply wire & USB 3.0 are black, but the FW cable is ugly.

FW800: +/-75-80MB/s
Downstream FW400: +/-32-38MB/s
USB2.0 via Kindle cable is fine: +/-28MB/s
USB3.0: don't know.

Heat Sink? Worthless.
Well. You see. It's on the bottom, with the drive mounted PC board down. So the hot part of the drive is on top. As well, the case has a PC board of its own that covers the entire bottom, effectively insulating the heat sink from the drive. So the cooler part of the drive is insulated from the heat sink, while the hot part of the drive is on top, with a fair bit of room between that and the case. Net is that the enclosure will not dissipate heat well, as there is no direct thermal transfer from the hot part of the drive to anything. It must heat the air, then transfer through a small enlosure to warm the aluminum. Vents are only on the front, nowhere else, so flow-through is nil. Anything application with frequent seeking (boot drive), or sustained transfer over long periods of time (clone or video drive) is likely to not benefit the hot drive inside.

So, with the pleasantly well built case, and the pleasantly fast chipset, one may be tempted to put a demanding HD in there for portable video work. Might be fine, but this case will not help that HD stay cool. It will be worse a drive inside a laptop with fans to move air, and worse than the cheap $2.35 case (w/ free shipping) I bought from Hong Kong via Amazon.

Now, if they had inverted the interior, putting the PC board on top and built it so the hot part of drive could touch the surface of the heat sink, it would be cool. Not the case with this case. Or, simply omit that whole PC board. That whole PC board si only there to light up that little LED on the other side of the connections. Sort of a significant design oversight, really, because it is marketed as a HEAT SINK, but that glitzy light ruins it entirely.

Value?
Not worth the premium, at all. worth 1/2 that, at best, as is.

My use will be a GREEN (5400 rpm) incremental/periodic use backup drive, because it is small, stylish and functional. But my heavy lifting little drives will remain in ugly cases.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unique (and beautiful) USB3/FW800 enclosure 9 Nov 2012
By Steve Eagle - Published on Amazon.com
I'm probably not alone in that I found the MiniPro while looking for a 2.5in enclosure with both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 ports. After a moderate amount of searching, the MiniPro was the only product I could find with both interfaces - everything else was in the 3.5in form factor, or only had one of the two ports. It was a nice bonus to see the MiniPro was designed first and foremost with aesthetics in mind. It features the same brushed aluminum as Apple's products (though with a slightly rougher finish) and also like Apple, a simple yet refined build. This two piece enclosure has four small screws on the bottom, and once removed, the drive tray slides out easily for your 2.5in SATA drive. Btw this can house ANY size 2.5" drive from 9.5mm all the way up to 15mm! As for the obligatory blue LED on the front, I didn't find it very offensive - sure in a pitch black room it will put out a lot of light, but in normal lighting it's totally acceptable.

Now, onto the performance. When I first tested this enclosure with a 1TB WD Scorpio Blue drive, I was disappointed that I was only getting around 52MB/s read and write speeds over USB 3.0. Not sure if the hard drive was the bottleneck or something else, I contacted Oyen technical support and within hours they wrote back with a very detailed, helpful response. It turns out I had the 1st generation Scorpio Blue drive, the WD10TPVT, clocking in at only 5200rpm and having pretty sluggish benchmarks overall. They recommended switching over to the newer model, the WD10JPVT, which is 5400rpm and slimmer at 9.5mm (the WD10TPVT is 12.5mm). As soon as I got the WD10JPVT and threw it in the MiniPro, I saw my transfer speeds double over the old drive. I got well over 100MB/s over USB 3.0 and 80-something with FW800, both respectable numbers for a 5400rpm drive.

UPDATE 3/18/11: I recently purchased WD's new 2TB 2.5" drive, the WD20NPVT, and it wouldn't fit inside the MiniPro. Turns out Oyen Digital changed the design in December 2012 so that it would accept the larger 15mm drives like the WD20NPVT. I bought my MiniPro in November 2012, and Oyen was gracious enough to exchange my old model for the new one at no charge. Awesome customer service. I now have 2TB of bus-powered storage in a kick ass aluminum enclosure that will see lots of heavy use over the next months & years. Thanks Oyen for making a solid and valuable product.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Awesome product at an awesome price 28 Aug 2012
By Juan García - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this item because I needed an enclosure that supported Firewire and USB. I use both PC and mac and transfer a lot of video and audio material between both; I use FW800 for mac and USB for PC. There are few enclosures supporting both formats until I came across this one.

When I got this item, I was blown away by its design. It looks great on the previews but, physically, it is outstanding.

It includes:
- FW800 to FW800 cable.
- USB3 cable.
- AC Adapter.
- Mounting screws.
- Rubber feet.

The enclosure is quite simple from the inside. There's a lot of space to maneuver so you can fit the internal hard drive with extreme ease.

The only thing I didn't like that much were the cables. They are quite sturdy and they're not so manageable. Plus, they are somewhat short. Besides that, I'm pretty satisfied.

Go for it if you are looking for cross platform transfers. No problem having this drive as a bootable drive on a Mac, it works quite well.
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