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Product Application:

Hard Drive Enclosure

Product Provided by:

Kingwin

Available at:

Newegg.com

Estimated MSRP:

$29.99

Availability:

Now

Review by:

Joe

Edited by:

Darren

Review date:

11/11/2007

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Just this week, Kingwin unleashed their latest line of hard drive enclosures.  This time around, Kingwin is releasing a product that promises to look sleeker than the previous generations.  With added eSATA support, there is no longer any excuse to live with the slower speeds that exist on the majority of USB 2.0 enclosures out there.  So, let's take a gander at what the new Z-1 has to offer us...

Out of Box Experience:

The Z-1 is attractively packaged, and allows the buyer a chance to get a direct view of exactly what they are about to purchase. 

The back of the package shows the basic information that you would expect.   It details out the Features, Specifications, and the package contents.  It also shows that there are three colors available, red, blue and black.  Today's sample is the blue. 

The contents of the package includes everything you will need to install, assemble, and operate the enclosure.   From left to right, we have the power cable, an eSATA cable, a stand, USB 2.0 cable, screwdriver, pack of screws, the enclosure, driver disk, and manual. 

Features:

  • Model: Z1-35EU-BK

  • 3.5" Aluminum E-SATA + USB combo external enclosure

  • Front illumination LED with rear on/off switch.

  • SATA Interface

  • Applicable for PC, notebook, and Mac.

  • SATA 3.0 Gbps data transfer rate.

  • USB 2.0 480 Mbps data transfer rate.

  • Suitable for all 3.5" SATA h.d.d.

  • Strengthen aluminum coating finish.

  • 1 stand.

  • Plug & play, hot-swapping capability.

Specifications:

Interface: E-SATA + USB Combo.
Data speed: USB 2.0: 1.5/12/480 Mbps./SATA: 1.5/3 Gb/s.
H.D.D support: 3.5" SATA Hard Disc.
Rear panel connection: USB B receptacle/E-SATA connector.
Dimension: 8 1/4"(210 mm)L x 1 1/2"(40 mm)W x 5 1/4"(130 mm)H.
Support OS : Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS 10x & Above.
Interface: USB 2.0 and ESATA.
Weight: 2.5 lbs (1134 g) / unit.

 

First Impressions:

The first look of the Kingwin Z1 enclosure shows us a nice shiny blue finish, with a holographic Kingwin label.  The construction of the chassis is rigid aluminum.  The smooth sleek lines have a lot of appeal, especially for a device that is likely to sit on your desk. 

The end pieces of the enclosure are made from plastic, but made to look like chrome.  From the picture, you can see the highly polished surface is mirror-like in quality.  The stand also consists of the same polished chrome look.  On the front, the Z1 brand is cut from the plastic and is backlit by a blue LED.

The rear of the device provides us with all the functions of the Z1 enclosure.   From top to bottom, we have the USB 2.0 port, eSATA port, on/off rocker switch, and a six pin power plug. 

 

 


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