StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure S252SMTB3

CONCLUSION

Award_GoldExcept for the annoying fan there is nothing that we can complain about the StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure S252SMTB3. It offers excellent performance via Thunderbolt and allows you to daisy chain more products so it does not have to be at the end of the chain (like bus-powered thunderbolt enclosures have to be). While it of course works to use it with regular hard drives, especially in RAID, we do think it is perfect when using SSD’s as you basically get storage that can be accessed just as it would be if it was inside the computer/laptop without any compromise in speed.

While the list-price is around 325$ is quite high the enclosure can actually be had for much less. Both Amazon and New Egg has it for 225$ (although the listing on Amazon is very confusing as you find the same enclosure for prices between 225 and 340$) which still might sound a lot but is among the same or a bit cheaper than other dual-drive Thunderbolt enclosures.

Pros Cons
  • Aluminium makes it light
  • Small footprint
  • Can daisy-chain Thunderbolt-devices
  • Great performance
  • Easy installation
  • Thunderbolt-cable included
  • Annoying fan-sound.

Review Overview

Build-quality - 9
Performance - 8.5
Features - 8.5

8.7

The StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure is a great little Thunderbolt-enclosure that not only can daisy-chain other devices but also offers great performance for your SSD-drives regardless if you use RAID0 or RAID1.

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2 comments

  1. How this is “Great performance” when those SSDs should go up to 1,2 GB/s in raid 0? Even internal MBA m.2 SSD is getting up to 738MB/s reads. This product looks like “half-way” developed, bacplane, poor fan mounting solution… 225$ ?! For what, 20$ Thunderbolt chip ??!

  2. Hello Christopher Help please. I just bought one of these caddy’s BUT it seems dead, could you tell me PLEASE IF I just put the power supply to it, should I get any lights working / fan working or drives spinning up when its NOT connected to a computer. At this time when I plug the power supply in I get nothing. Your answer would be apricated thank you. Best Regards David and happy NEW YEAR TO YOU

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