Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure

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Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure
Features and Specifications
Testing the Max5G

Product: Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure
Provided By: Thermaltake
Price: $64.99 MSRP at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are taking a look at the Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure.  This is the fifth product in the Thermaltake Max line of storage products and is the second Max5G product.  The other Max5G product comes with USB 2.0 and eSATA.  While eSATA offers some benefits, USB 3.0 is a great interface that is starting to ship on a lot more motherboards.  The speed of USB 3.0 is pretty impressive as it's actually rated at up to 5.0Gbits per second.  This equals a theoretical throughput of 625MB/sec and is more than enough for any external storage product today.  Keep in mind that we've transitionally seen the USB rated at higher speeds than it can actually sustain.  The USB 3.0 interface on the Max5G should certainly keep up with a 7200.11 Seagate drive.

Max 5G Box 
Max5G Box

 

First Impressions:

The Thermaltake Max5G is comes in traditional Thermaltake packaging that is a blend between style and flash.  It looks pretty decent and proudly brags on the USB 3.0 capability as well as the 3 year warranty.  Both of these are features worth noting for sure.  The package comes with everything you need to get going.  Other than the standard 3.5" HDD installation, the Max5G supports 2.5" drives as well thanks to some "HDD Spacing Pads".  Thermaltake also throws in a small Allen screwdriver as well as the required USB 3.0 cable.

Max 5G Bundle
Max5G Bundle

 

The next few pictures show off the external finish and features of the Thermaltake Max5G.  The low-power requirements of 3.5" drives means that you can just power the device with a small AC/DC power adapter and this allows for a nice clean connection into the back of the drive.  There is a power switch for the device as well as to control the LED lights.  If you want to turn them off, this can easily be done with a physical switch on the rear of the unit.  This is nice for those that use the enclosure in their room and they'd like to get sleep at night.

Fan Side Profile
Fan Side Profile
Max 5G Side Profile
Max5G Side Profile
Front Back
Front & Back

 

Installation is pretty basic on this unit.  Once you remove a couple of screws from the non-fan side of the unit, you can quickly and easily place a hard drive in the enclosure, slide it into place and lock it there with a plastic clip.  This mechanism feels a bit cheap, but it should last just fine in a unit in which you're not constantly swapping drives.

Side Off - No Drive
Side Off- No Drive
Drive Installed
Drive Installed

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of this device before we head on into testing.