VIZO Luxon Advanced ED External HDD Enclosure

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Product: VIZO Luxon Advanced ED External HDD Enclosure
Provided By: VIZO

Price: ~$50 Online


Introduction: 

A few days back we took a look at the VIZO Ares internal HDD enclosure (Reviewed Here), and now we are going to look at another VIZO offering, this time we are going to go external, with the VIZO Luxon external HDD enclosure.

Let's get on with the review and see if the Luxon is worth your consideration if you need a external HDD enclosure. This particular drive enclosure retails for approximately $30-$40 USD, making it a very affordable enclosure, Let's see how it performs....

 

First Impressions:

After opening the box, it was pretty much what I was expecting, at first view the Luxon looks pretty normal and nothing major really jumped out at me. That being said, the Luxon is a drive enclosure and there really isn't a huge "WOW" factor to enclosures, they are pretty basic and built for a purpose, so you can't really be expecting to be blown away from just looking at the enclosure.

Quality-wise at first inspecting, seems quite good, the outer casing is metal, which is very nice, and appears to be sturdy enough to withstand a beating. For a drive enclosure retailing for $30-$40 USD I was overall impressed with the quality of the Luxon enclosure.

 

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VIZO Luxon - Top View
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VIZO Luxon - Box

 

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VIZO Luxon - Side View
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VIZO Luxon - Connections

 

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VIZO Luxon - Accessories
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VIZO Luxon - Outer Casing


Well, that's what the Luxon looks like, nothing too out of the ordinary, let's see how the installation and testing goes....


VIZO Luxon Specifications:

Specifications taken from Vizo.com.tw

DESCRIPTION

Vizo presents Luxon 3.5" HDD External Enclosure featured with IDE & SATA interface. Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives feature faster speeds, easier configuration; it is the next generation that provides error free data transmission at high speed. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating. With high-quality mirror finish & sleek stylish face and installation easily to carry conveniently.

FEATURES

  • Fully support 3.5" IDE or SATA Hard Drive
    Support 480Mbps High Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
    Support 1.5Gbps High Speed Serial-ATA
  • 4 functions in it :
    USB to IDE HDD, USB to SATA HDD
    SATA to IDE HDD, SATA to SATA HDD
  • Mirror finish & rich 3 colors (Black, Blue, Silver) available
  • Aluminum housing for excellent heat dissipation.
  • Support plug and play & hot swappable
    Must be attached to hot swappable compliant host to enable hot swappable function

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model: LUX-350SA-BK, LUX-350SA-BL, LUX-350SA-GY
  • Interface: USB 2.0 & SATA
  • Dimension: 210(L) x 125 (W) x 34 (H) mm

  

 

SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • USB: Window 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Mac OS 8.6 & Above
  • Serial ATA: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Mac OS 8.6 & Above

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Enclosure
  • Power Adaptor
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • IDE Power Cable
  • Sata Bracket
  • External SATA Cable
  • Internal Sata Cable
  • Internal IDE Cable
  • User Manual
  • Screws Package
  • Stand
  • Driver CD
  • Cleaning Wiper

 


Installation:

Installation was pretty simple, 4 screws to attach the drive to the frame, and Wham-o, your done. The inside casing (pictured below), slides into the metal frame, and with another couple screws, it's all assembled. Installation will take you under 5 minutes, and I can't see any issues you could have.

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VIZO Luxon - Inside Casing
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VIZO Luxon - Drive Installed


So now we've got it all installed, let's turn it on....

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VIZO Luxon - Drive Enclosure (On)
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VIZO Luxon - Drive Enclosure (On)


There we go, all installed and ready to go, as you can see in the pictures there is a nice blue light to let you know if your Luxon is powered on.



Testing:

For the testing of the Luxon, we will be using SiSoft Sandra XIIc, and will be running the HDD benchmarking tool.

I will be testing the transfer rate with the USB connection, and the eSATA connection, so we can compare the two options you have for hooking the Luxon up to your computer.

 

Test Setup:

 

 

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Well there we go, not surprising, but eSATA came out on top, and quite literally doubled the performance of USB. If you've got an eSATA connection on your motherboard, you most definitely are going to want to use it, but if you don't, USB performance isn't too shabby at all, and this enclosure performs right up there with any another enclosure I've ever used.


VIZO Luxon - Final Conclusion:

The VIZO Luxon is a very decent choice if your in the market for a new HDD external enclosure. Overall its very solid, is very well built, and performs very well, making it a great choice.

Some people might question its lack of a Firewire connection, but quite honestly for the price it is retailing for, I can't really dock any marks, and thanks to its eSATA connection it's as fast as it can be. As you can see in the testing section, if your motherboard has an eSATA connection you'd be crazy to use the USB connection instead as the eSATA literally doubled the performance of the drive.

The Luxon is passively cooled, and does not have a fan built-in, which in my testing never caused any issues, but over time with a hot hard drive, some people might not be very comfortable with no active cooling. The Hitachi 7k1000 1TB drive I used in testing is a pretty warm running drive, and made the entire case quite warm, and running it at high temperatures possibly could possibly reduce the life-span of a drive. I think the lack of a fan is really the biggest drawback of the Luxon by far, and I probably personally wouldn't run a drive that runs as hot as the Hitachi 7K1000 in it for an extended period of time. If you need a enclosure that is completely silent though, you will appreciate the lack of a fan, so really no fan could be considered a pro by some, and a con by others.

At the end of the day, I can easily recommend the Luxon; it performs great and is a solidly built enclosure. If you want a enclosure that is completely silent and performs very well, the Luxon from VIZO deserves your consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • eSATA and USB Connections
  • Competitive Price

 

Cons:

  • No Fan for Cooling

 

BCCRating  
 

I'd like to thank VIZO for sending us the Luxon If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.