VIZO Shuttle ST 2.5in SATA Enclosure
|VIZO Shuttle ST 2.5in SATA Enclosure|
|Features, Specs and Installation|
|VIZO Shuttle ST Testing and Final Thoughts|
While flash drives are getting physically smaller while at the same time holding more data, they are still currently limited to 16GB-32GB and will set you back quite a bit of money for a larger 32GB unit. Some people need to take more data with them that they can put on a flash drive and that is why VIZO has released the new Shuttle ST 2.5" SATA External HDD Enclosure. This little unit houses a small 2.5" drive of your choice and currently supports up to 320GB drives. If you need to take large amounts of data with you on the road, to a friend's house or do a tech conference, the Shuttle will keep your favorite 2.5" SATA Hard Drive happy on the road. Take a look as we jump right in to this unit in our review.
In the Box:
The VIZO Shuttle ST comes with everything you need to get up and running and keeping this enclosure looking clean and tidy while on the road. In the box is the enclosure itself, a pseudo-leather pouch, a pair of screws, a screwdriver and a USB cable that splits into a "Y" adapter for some machines that can't provide enough power for the drive from a single USB port. Some faster 7,200 rpm drives may be too much for older machines and instead of plugging in an AC/DC adapter, VIZO provides extra power by doubling up the USB connectors.
There isn't a lot to see and explain about the VIZO Shuttle ST. It's basically an aluminum box with one end that opens up - allowing installation of the drive. The main body is aluminum with the ends constructed from plastic. It has a nice brushed and anodized finish and is accented by a shiny aluminum plate along the one side.
The front of the device simply states that this is a USB2.0 External Enclosure and the backside is equally simple. The back holds a standard mini-USB connector, a 5v power connector (only used if required) and the status LED is also located toward this back side. You can see in the middle picture below the screw holes that are currently vacant. Along the bottom of the unit are four "nubs" that are supposed to act as feet for the device. If you put the Shuttle on a hard desk these hard feet can transfer noise from the HDD whereas the soft rubber feet of a device like the Western Digital Passport don't transfer noise. This is a little detail that would be nice to see addressed in a future update - soft rubber feet.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of this unit before we drop our drive in and start testing.