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StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure S252SMTB3

CONCLUSION

Award_GoldExcept for the annoying fan there is nothing that we can complain about the StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure S252SMTB3. It offers excellent performance via Thunderbolt and allows you to daisy chain more products so it does not have to be at the end of the chain (like bus-powered thunderbolt enclosures have to be). While it of course works to use it with regular hard drives, especially in RAID, we do think it is perfect when using SSD’s as you basically get storage that can be accessed just as it would be if it was inside the computer/laptop without any compromise in speed.

While the list-price is around 325$ is quite high the enclosure can actually be had for much less. Both Amazon and New Egg has it for 225$ (although the listing on Amazon is very confusing as you find the same enclosure for prices between 225 and 340$) which still might sound a lot but is among the same or a bit cheaper than other dual-drive Thunderbolt enclosures.

ProsCons
  • Aluminium makes it light
  • Small footprint
  • Can daisy-chain Thunderbolt-devices
  • Great performance
  • Easy installation
  • Thunderbolt-cable included
  • Annoying fan-sound.
Even though it is popular to use a network attached storage sometimes it is nice to have storage closer to the computer, for example for Timemachine backup on a Mac or just as a way to add more storage space on a laptop with a small SSD. The Startech enclosure we are reviewing today, the StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure S252SMTB3,  comes with a Thunderbolt interface that not only lets you daisy-chain it with several other peripherals but also offers a lot of bandwidth making it a perfect option for increasing the storage space on a Mac Book Air or…

Review Overview

Build-quality - 9
Performance - 8.5
Features - 8.5

8.7

The StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure is a great little Thunderbolt-enclosure that not only can daisy-chain other devices but also offers great performance for your SSD-drives regardless if you use RAID0 or RAID1.

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One comment

  1. How this is “Great performance” when those SSDs should go up to 1,2 GB/s in raid 0? Even internal MBA m.2 SSD is getting up to 738MB/s reads. This product looks like “half-way” developed, bacplane, poor fan mounting solution… 225$ ?! For what, 20$ Thunderbolt chip ??!

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