Antec Veris MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure Review
13 November 2007
Summary: Overall, this is the drive of choice for someone who needs to tote around some serious storage space without the worry of damaging the drive, keeping it safe in operation and looking good at the same time. This enclosure has all the polish you need without the
polish, meaning less time wiping it down to look pretty every time you touch it and more data-sharing action.
Conclusion: As a result, we'd prefer an enclosure with active cooling, even if the fan made more noise than the nearly-undetectable unit fitted in the MX-1. Weighing these things in the balance and then adding in the quality of the fit and finish, we have no hesitation in recommending the Antec MX-1 enclosure.
Summary: The Antec Veris MX-1 is a unique and well working enclosure. The high quality plastic and aluminum construction makes this case very light but incredibly sturdy as well. Antec has put a lot of thought into the cooling aspect of the MX-1, utilizing the large and quiet fan to move a good amount of air across the entire surface of the hard drive.
Pros: Great cooling performance, Silent even with the fan, Light and very solid enclosure, All cables included - including eSATA bracket!, eSATA speeds are as expected, Clean and convenient package
Cons: Fairly big, USB Performance not that great, CPU utilization fairly high, Complicated installation, LED is not very bright, IDE & SATA cables are just around 1.5m long.
Excerpt: The build quality is outstanding, the active cooling is both effective and quiet and the eSATA performance is excellent. Installation is very straightforward and easily accomplished due to the screw and latch design and the MX-1 has a great look with simple, elegant lines and the blue LED tucked away beneath the Antec logo on the front. USB 2.0 connectivity is also provided and cable lengths are generous.
Conclusion: Although we could just as easily use these tests as a basis for proving the advantages of SATA over USB 2.0, remember the goal is to determine the performance of the Antec MX-1 enclosure. It is easy to see that the MX-1 was able to successfully bring the full performance potential of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 drive to the system using the enclosed eSATA connectors.
Excerpt: UPDATE - June 29, 2008 Occasional comments about the fan in the MX-1 being noisier than described here surfaced in the discussion thread very soon after this article was posted. They were a minority, however, as many reported the similar quiet acoustics we found. Over time, however, the complaints about the MX-1's fan noise have grown.
Conclusion: For the asking price of ~£30 (will reduce once the product becomes better known) this is a damn fine deal. The enclosure is ridiculously fast at both USB and eSATA modes; it also keeps your HDD cooler than if it’s in your PC. Buy it. Buy it now if you are looking for a fast and cool HDD enclosure. I’d like to thank Antec for providing us with the enclosure.
Pros: Top of its class for speed, Excellent cooling, Looks great
Conclusion: Fazit Obwohl Antecs Veris MX-1 hauptsächlich aus Kunststoff besteht und nur im Bereich des Deckels und des Bodens Aluminium integriert wurde, macht das Gehäuse einen eleganten Eindruck. Außen wie innen überzeugt das Veris MX-1 mit einer guten Verarbeitung. Der karbonfaserverstärkte Rahmen sorgt für eine hohe Verwindungssteifigkeit, dennoch ist der Kunststoff empfindlicher als ein Gehäuse, welches aus einem Strangpressprofil aus Aluminium gefertigt wurde.
Summary: No se trata de un enclosure más, el MX-1 de Antec posee características que lo hacen único como su cuerpo de fibra de vidrio y carbono acompañado por un diseño compacto y sobrio. Además de la estética, posee una excelente performance dándonos opción a utilizarlo por e-Sata o por USB lo que nos garantiza una compatibilidad total con cualquier computadora donde lo queramos usar.