SilverStone TS07 External HDD Enclosure
For our third review in our storage device month we have the new Treasure Series TS07 External 3.5″ hard drive enclosure from SilverStone. This model continues SilverStone’s push to update their products to the USB 3.0 specification while adding additional features to improve on past models. What’s more, this is one of the only external enclosures to include SATA 3 to USB 3.0. The TS07 is an aluminum and plastic construction measuring 193mm(D) x 128mm(W) x 35mm(H).
One of the first things we noticed is the tool-less nature of the TS07. The entire process of installing a drive can be accomplished without screws or tools of any kind. The unit also comes with a nice stand to display vertically if desired. Check out the full review after the jump.
|Model No.||SST-TS07 (black)|
|Operating system support||Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS and Linux|
|HDD size support||3.5” hard drive or SSD|
|HDD interface support||SATA hard drive|
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS 10.x, Linux, Computer with USB 3.0 super speed or USB 2.0 interface|
|Enclosure interface||USB3.0 (Max. 5Gbit/s) compatible with USB 2.0|
|Dimension||193mm(D) x 128mm(W) x 35mm(H)|
Packaging and Accessories
The TS07 comes in nice packaging with pictures of the device and a list of features and specifications. The inside packaging keeps the pieces separated to protect them from damage. Accessories include the power adapter, USB 3.0 cable, stand and user manual.
The outside of the TS07 is an aluminum shell with a plastic slide-out tray. The enclosure has a nice finish and the tray is very sturdy and easy to remove and reinstall. The stand has rubber bumpers to help dampen drive vibration. The rear of the TS07 has the release button to remove the tray from the shell, the on/off switch, the USB 3.0 port, power plug and power LED.
The process of installing a drive into an enclosure usually requires more time and effort and makes quick drive swaps less appealing, not so with the TS07. The process of installing a drive could not be easier. Pushing the release button on the back of the enclosure will allow removal of the inner tray. Once removed, the orange clips are rotated out to allow the drive to drop into place before the clips are pushed back in to secure.
The actual controller card for the device resides inside the shell by the rear ports. There is a slot cut out in the tray to expose the hard drive’s SATA ports which will connect into the controller card.
To test out the TS07, we installed a Western Digital WD800 hard drive into the unit and tested speeds using our motherboard’s rear USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. The main thing we were monitoring was the difference between the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 benchmarks.
As always, the speed of a drive enclosure is directly related to the speed of the drive installed. The TS07 still performed great with our older SATA drive installed and the speeds were almost twice as fast as they were when running through the USB 2.0 port.
The TS07 performed well during our testing and provided a fast and easy way to swap drives out for different storage needs. The build quality is very good, but the glossy plastic ends may not appeal to every user. We would like to see matching aluminum pieces on the ends of the drive tray, but understand that this would increase the price. The TS07 has a MSRP of $36.99 which is a great value and earns it our Editors Top Pick award.
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