Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5” HDD Enclosure


Two causes of hard drive failures can be excessive heat and vibration. So would it make sense to buy a hard drive enclosure that combats both of those failure modes? Thermaltake, makers of a wide range of computer products, has developed an enclosure, the Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5” HDD Enclosure, which offers such protection. Will it prove to be a worthwhile cause? Read on to find out more.

About Thermaltake:
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We live in a world where most things seem to move at the speed of light. At Thermaltake, we feel the same way and that is exactly how Thermaltake conducts itself to deliver innovative, reliable and customer-centric solutions to the worldwide market.
Since the beginning of Thermaltake in 1999, it has been at the forefront of creating new and exciting products at a time where most computer users were provided little to no choices for components that may seem irrelevant, but in reality crucial to the performance of a PC.
Thermaltake Server Series solutions, with years of thermal experience and industry leadership, sets its goal on reforming total thermal management in server segment by formulating the perfect mixture of versatility, efficiency and thermal management with each respective server product category: Rackmount Chassis, Server Fixed & Redundant Power Supply and Server CPU Cooling Management Solutions.
With its comprehensive line of products available, it enables Thermaltake’s core customers to enjoy a one-stop-shop experience, reduce product design-in evaluation period and most important of all, flawless integration process. Each of Thermaltake’s strengths enables its customer to focus on their core business while taking advantage of the skills and efficiency of a single thermal management solution partner.
Product Features:
  • Active SMART Cooling System incorporates an auto temperature sensing fan that reacts to hard drive temperature change in real-time for utmost efficient thermal management.
  • Hard Drive Suspension system minimizes hard drive vibration to eliminate operating noise.
  • All around metal mesh opening provide unobstructed airflow intake ensuring proper cooling.
  • Stable detachable base unit allows for easy transportation and mobility when needed.
  • Elegant glossy black finish.
  • Supports SATA to Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface.
  • Supports SATA to eSATA interface.
  • Supports Hard Drive capacity up to 1 TB (1,000GB)
  • Plug & Play
The product:
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The Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5” Hard Drive (HDD) enclosure came in a sturdy cardboard box displaying the product and many of its features.   The front shows the enclosure with its sleek black lines, and the back of the box has highlights of some of the key features.
Of note are this enclosure’s active “SMART” cooling system that has an auto temperature sensing fan and a hard drive suspension system that minimizes hard drive vibration to eliminate hard drive noise and excess wear.
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Opening the box, the enclosure was well-protected in a custom styrofoam case. Opening the box, you find the enclosure, a base, a user’s manual, an e-SATA cable, a USB 2.0 cable, a power cable, and a dust cloth.
Note that Thermaltake offers a cheaper version of the VI-ON that only comes with USB 2.0.
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Looking at the enclosure itself, the case has a sleek, glossy black finish with an all-around metal mesh opening that provides nice airflow to the hard drive. The rear of the enclosure houses the ports for all the cables.

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