Rosewill RX81-MP-US External SATA Enclosure

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Rosewill RX81-MP-US External 3.5” SATA Enclosure

The enclosure certainly doesn’t win awards for being attractive – quite the opposite in fact. It comes in an all matt black finish with a perforated front grill for increased airflow. There are no aesthetic details at all and so it looks rather boring.

Rosewill RX81-MP-US enclosure

The stand comes pre-attached and can be removed easily by removing four minuscule screws on the bottom of the Rosewill. There are also more screws on the bottom of the enclosure which are for removing the drive tray.

Rosewill RX81-MP-US enclosure

Although the RX91-MP-US may look rather dull, its construction is impressive. The drive comes in two parts: the shell and the tray/chassis in which a hard drive is installed upon. The ‘shell’ is a one piece aluminium construction with folded edges; the ‘tray’ is constructed using steel and aluminium. Rubber dampeners are present to reduce noise vibrations from the hard disk.

Rosewill RX81-MP-US enclosure

The rear of the Rosewill RX81-MP-US offers connections for both USB 1.1/ USB 2.0 and the more recent eSATA. There’s also an on/off switch and the needed power socket.

Rosewill RX81-MP-US enclosure

After removing the tray from the enclosure’s shell you still cannot gain access to install a hard drive. An aluminium top-plate has to be removed which is secured with two screws on each side. Once this is removed you can see how a drive can be connected up. The external enclosure simply uses a shortened SATA cable and shorter SATA power adapter to connect up a hard drive.

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An LED is routed to the front of the enclosure; photos of this LED in action are on the next page.

Rosewill RX81-MP-US enclosure