Summary: My backup drive needs to be on all the time, so forced cooling is required. This seemed like a good enclosure to use. However, I will be replacing the 2 that I bought very soon. 1) The fan is EXTREMELY cheap and soon became noisy with a rattling sound. Unacceptable. 2) They cleverly circulate the air around both sides of the drive for cooling, but the placement of the rear vent prevents you from stacking enclosures, so you would waste a ton of space if you had more than...
ONLY for OCCASIONAL use, left on, the fan wears out in 6 months!
E. Howland "The PC Wizard", Amazon
17 April 2010
Summary: I just wrote a long review on New Egg, as I have two of the MX-1 units. I bought them at the same time, and loved how they were fan cooled. A hard drive (green drives were not out quite yet) in a fanless enclosure means a much SHORTER LIFE for that drive. I bought 2 of these and initially the only thing I thought was terrible was the power plug. It looks like a Svideo plug, and is just as lousy a connection. It will fall out as there is almost no friction holding it in.
Summary: I bought one of these from a local computer store about 1-1/2 years ago and it worked great until the fan failed recently. The fan has custom plastic molding and cannot be replaced. I recommend an enclosure that has an off-the-shelf fan in case it should require replacement, and ball bearing fans last longer. This Antec unit had a sleeve bearing which will fail much sooner.
Summary: Got this just recently, 01-2010, and couldn't be more pleased. I had been shopping for an external drive to use with my Patriot Media Player. After viewing lots of reviews and poor reliability reports, I decided to get an external enclosure and separate drive. The MX-1 had a lot of favorable reviews, with good cooling and eSATA. It is a little large, but for my use it is fine. Installation is a snap with a magnetic screwdriver, which I always use for this type of work.
Summary: I currently own two of these enclosures each with a 1 TB hard drive installed in both. This enclosure is one of the best secure hard drive enclosures out there. This unit allows you to securely fasten your SATA hard drive and keeps the hard drive cool during use. This was especially great for areas with poor air circulation. The enclosure is very quiet and easy to use. Works great on both PC and MAC.
Nice external enclosure with one annoying issue...
Method2Madness "Alex", Amazon
25 December 2009
Summary: That darn power supply connector.... However, from reading other reviews, it looks as if Antec has added some "clicking action" to it and it now seats firmly. I got mine over a year ago so I'm plagued with the bad connector issue. Mine stays in one spot however and is rarely moved, so this is not a big issue for me. I do not have the noisy fan problem. Mine is nice and quiet. Otherwise, this is a very nice, cool external enclosure.
Summary: The video speaks for itself. Basically, I prefer this over my Thermaltake for one reason: The ease of swapping drives in and out of it when I need to. Right now it's sitting in my entertainment unit with my media PC, and it contains my entire life collection of stuff. It may not be the most attractive or the most durable. But if you need flexibility there really are no better out there.
Summary: I have several hard drive enclosures that I use for data backup. Those I use infrequently have no fan and they get warm fast. The Antec unit may be large, but that's unavoidable given the fan in the unit. I am perplexed by reviews concerning fan noise and power connector issues. I have two of these units, soon 3 and they are as silent as she goes. Also, the power connector nicely "clicks" into place without any chance for "falling out".
Summary: Overall, a good case, if a bit cumbersome and noisy. The power switch and fan are a nice touch if you need that functionality. I bought it for use with a cable DVR, but ended up just using it attached to an Air Port Extreme Base Station (i.e., I turned it into a network attached hard drive). This works well. Installing a hard drive is a bit of a pain, but not really a big deal. Tiny screws in plastic. Eh - you only have to do it once.