We all know we can't have enough external storage devices. Great for backup, sharing, travelling. Most of them have their own housing and power supplies but when you do a heart transplant on your laptop and put in an SSD, what are you gonna do with that naked hard drive you just pulled out? It probably has more capacity than that SSD but you need to have an enclosure for that.
That's where the VisionTek Wallet Drive comes in. The cheapest and best solution to get many more years out of that drive.
It's a very simple accessory so we can keep this mini review also pretty simple.
The VisionTek Wallet Drive is imitation leather and also imitates your wallet with a nice magnetic clip and a decent USB 3.0 cable.
When you plonk in a SATA 6Gb/s drive you can really make use of that USB 3.0 capability and move stuff around at 600 MB per second.
We had a spare 500 GB drive from Western Digital from a previous "transplant". That's a decent size to make backups on from your SSD. It slides in very easily and the Wallet gives it the right protection and a perfect way to access the drive. No installation hassles, just plug and play. It even has hot swap capability so we can quickly change the drives while still connected to the computer.
Now if you are a tech aficionado you may know VisionTek from their graphics cards and memory components including solid-state drives.
The general public may not have heard of them though since they manufacture mainly "innards".
We hope to be able to give them some more recognition when they announce the latest SSDs which we hope to review.
In fact, I hope they can bundle their SSDs with a Wallet Drive for everyone because that would make the perfect combination!
It's a very simple device but incredibly handy. The price is no object as it is less than 20 bucks US.
Check it out here.
A quick summary of the Features and Specifications as listed on the website:
Blazing fast data rates: With ability to use SATA 6Gb/s drives via the USB 3.0 interface, you can enjoy data transfers up to 600MB/s. That's up to 10x faster than USB 2.0!
Compatible with wide variety of drives: Accepts 2.5" 7mm and 9.5mm SATA I/II/III hard drives and solid state drives.
Tool-less and screw-less design: Nothing to assemble... just slide in drive for instant data access, transfer, and/or.
Plug and Play portability: No drivers to install... after inserting a drive, just connect the ultra-light 4.0 ounce enclosure with the built-in 7" long USB cable to your computer.
Bus-powered: No bulky AC adapter to carry around... the enclosure powers from the USB port.
Hot-Swap ready: No need to disconnect drive from computer... remove and replace drives in the enclosure as you desire.
Super quiet: Fanless ventilation for noise-free cooling.
Chipset: ASMedia 1053E
Drive Compatibility: 1 x 2.5" 7mm or 9.5mm SATA I/II/III hard drive or SSD. Certain drives may only power via USB 3.0 interface.
Drive Interface: SATA (Serial ATA) Revision 3.0
Bus Interface: 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 compatible port
Maximum Data Transfer Rate: USB 3.0: 600MB/s, USB 2.0: 60MB/s
LED Indicator: Power: steady blue light, Drive activity: flashing blue light
Size: 4.72" D x 3.14" W x .78" H (flat)
Weight: 4.0 ounces with drive installed
Compliance: CE, FCC, RoHS
Warranty: 12 months