Tempest 5.25" Blu-ray/DVD-/+RW Sata to ESATA & USB Enclosure
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The result is I have an external blueray burner that works well, and for about half the price of an equivalent one.
this is not the prettiest of enclosures, being a large shiny black item but it does the job I wanted very well.
Recommend? I'll say! yes.
It is basically a plastic box with removable top, side and front panels.
The diagrammatic instructions on dismantling the enclosure in order to fit drives into it are contained on a mini-CD and, to say the least, are very basic. I consider myself to be technically competent but it took me a while (and a lot of cursing!) to figure out how to take the enclosure apart without breaking it by using excessive force!
To save yourself any problems follow these directions:
1. Remove 2 screws on rear panel - these attach the rear panel to the side panels.
2. Ease each side panel out (one at a time) by gently pulling them outwards/sideways away from the enclosure by their rear edge, whilst slightly pushing the base and top away from them. The whole of each side panel then gradually/progressively detaches from the base/top sections towards the front of the enclosure and is then removed by pulling it backwards away from its retaining groove in the front panel of the enclosure.
If you are fitting an optical drive remove the front panel since this is only required when using the enclosure for a hard disk drive.
3. To reassemble the case after installing a drive:
a). Put the base section on a flat surface and reposition the top.
b). Replace each side panel separately. Insert the front edge of the side panel into the vertical recess located in the side of the front section of the case. Then push the side panel in towards the base and top in order to locate the integral plastic 'spring' retaining clips situated on the base and top panels whilst pushing the base and top together to engage the clips.
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Very satisfied. Used it with both Mac and PC - all well.
The instructions are laughable - a single JPEG image! - and much better ones are available by reading the reviews here. Once you figure out how it goes together it is a breeze, but that knowledge can come expensive if you are not careful! It is not intuitive.
One nice touch is that the box it comes in has a handle and can be used to carry the drive about (if you are prepared to risk it). Less than stellar is the ability to deal with heat generated by the drive. If your drive gets really hot you might be better off going for an aluminium case. I was also irked to discover that the feet are almost friction-free - leaving the case sliding about - for example if you try to push the disc drawer in. A few pence for rubber feet was not too much of a problem for my budget however - it also helped with noise (a problem with ALL enclosures in my experience). This enclosure has no noise-proofing (not surprising given the price). There is a bit of a buzz at higher read-speeds, but nothing to make me stop using it. ( a friend suggested putting a small layer of foam rubber between the drive and case - might try it one day...)
For the price it is great value. All I wanted was to add a proper 5.25" DVD-RW to my laptop, which never leaves my desk. It does that job perfectly well. Overall I am happy with this product. It does not pretend to be the ultimate - it is for people on a budget, and it does what it should do. Call it 4 out of 5.
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