Zalman ZM-VE300 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review

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It’s 2014. We don’t have flying cars or hover-boards yet, (like Back to the Future) people are not wearing Mylar shirts, or clothes made of self-regulating materials that keep us cool when it is hot. We are finally starting to really gain some ground on electric vehicles and forgoing gasoline powered ones. However, we still wear the same old cotton that humans have used for at least 5,000 years. It seems tech just cannot keep up with human imagination.

Zalman ZM-VE300 


There is one area in the tech world where I feel like great strides are being made and that is storage. I am sure we all saw the image that passed around Face Book a few months ago, the one of the first disk drive. It weighed something like a ton and held just a few megabytes of information. By today's standard, that is laughable. Data storage is fast and plentiful and very, very affordable. Can the same be said for mobile storage?

Zalman ZM-VE300


The Zalman ZM-VE300 is an external hard drive enclosure designed with SSDs in mind. It is small, about the size of a cell phone @ 135.3 (L) x 78.6 (W) x 13.1 (H) mm. The ZM-VE300 only weighs 96g, and is made of aluminum alloy, acryl, and poly carbonate. When using the USB 3.0 connection, the transfer rates are 5.0 Gb/s. The ZM-VE300 comes in both silver and black and is usable on a wide range of operating systems, including Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7 / Mac OS / Linux. It is not listed, but I am testing on Windows 8.1 and, so far, everything works fine.