Ultra Stackables

3.5" SATA Enclosure - Presentation

3.5" SATA External Enclosure

First up is the SATA External Enclosure, here we have a matching (of course) external enclosure for those of us who need a bit of storage on the go. It fits 3.5" internal hard drives, and obviously supports SATA interface. This is great for anyone with a large media collection or if you just need to back up large amounts of files on a regular basis. Let's move on to the packaging...


Just like the other Stackables, we are presented with a nice small box that's relatively damage resistant.

Package Includes:
(1) 3.5" HDD Enclosure
(1) AC Adapter
(1) USB 2.0 Cable (5 feet)
(1) eSATA Cable (6 feet)
(4) Horizontal Positioning Stands
(2) Vertical Positioning Stands
(1) Manual
(1) Drivers (Windows 98)
and hardware (screws)

The Unit

The unit is aesthetically pleasing with a nice black color to it. One nice thing included with this Stackable, and every Stackable are the vertical stands, just in case you would like to use your Stackable alone, it is held up nicely on it's side. It also includes its own power adapter for using it alone.

As for the front of the enclosure, we see two rows of LED light, the blue to let us know when the unit is getting power, and the red to let us know when the hard drive is being accessed. When it comes to connections, the enclosure comes with an eSATA PCI adapter which fits nicely into an open PCI slot and then connects directly to an open SATA port on your motherboard; however, if you can't use the eSATA, you are not out of luck, Ultra has also included a USB 2.0 Port so you can use your external enclosure just about everywhere. Also included is, of course, a power switch.

The enclosure slides apart easily, so it's no problem to open up and install a hard drive, and after installation you can screw the case on so it doesn't come apart by accident. Inside we find a SATA power and a data connector with six screw points to install your drive.


When it comes to heat, the enclosure includes a nice 30mm fan to keep air moving through, and little 'gill' slots on the front to take air from. Of course, warm air is output by the fan, but the hard drive never gets hot enough to overheat, and is kept only warm to the touch. It would be nice to have a small temperature sensor, but it's not to be expected.


The noise output by the enclosure is no more than one would expect from an external enclosure, and Ultra did a good job making including a quiet fan. Although I do not currently have the equipment to measure exact noise levels, I will say the the unit is quiet, and surely not distracting.

Now let's move onto the testing on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

16-01-2008, 11:58:45

Mr. Smith
Woo! Loads of replies!

I think these products are a waste of money!Quote

16-01-2008, 12:09:23

Looks nice but surely those with existing external hdds etc. already have what these try to innovate?

If i had the money and i needed them i may think about it - but its merely stackable accessoriesQuote

16-01-2008, 12:22:30

i think they look sweet tbh

i like stacking things

i always chose stacking hifi componants, over a full system, a seperate cd player, tape, amp etc

i think this is a very innovative idea, even if it is based on an idea from the past...

if they come out in the UK i might consider these..

buy the one at a time as i can aford them lol

good review mike Quote

16-01-2008, 12:34:38

Mr. Smith
lol - ionicle, people generally choose stackable hi-fi's due to superior quality/sound/ability to customise the system!

Fair enough you like these reviewed items but not for me.Quote

16-01-2008, 12:50:18

And to look good

These look cool. Not for me but I can see why people would like them Quote

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