New Hard Drive Enclosure Has Almost Every Advanced Input Known to Man. Almost

New Hard Drive Enclosure Has Almost Every Advanced Input Known to Man. Almost

Akitio’s pretty new alloy enclosure has a back full of inputs: eSATA, USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 ports. There’s no way to jack in a Thunderbolt connection, though.

 The SK-3501 Super-S3 is stackable and fanless, with a perforated front panel and heat sink providing cooling duty.  The enclosure sells for $150, and you’ll still need your own 3.5’ drive to pop inside; luckily, storage guts are fairly inexpensive these days.

  • MacRat

    Other World Computing has a good track record on enclosures at a better price than this.

  • wilburg

    There are many enclosures with these interfaces and more at a much lower price.  Why the fuss over this overpriced item?

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  • vikrantt

    how is this a story…there is many such hddrives available…

  • Ez

    This enclosure has sharp edges that scratch whatever surface they come into contact with.. For shame.

  • AppBuster

    Eli, why did you mention this enclosure. It brings nothing new and doesn’t have the now important Thunderbolt connector? In my opinion, it’s practiacally an obsolete, expensive product.

  • Aaron

    I’m very disappointed; this case doesn’t have MFM and RLL connectors for my original IBM PC. Heck, it doesn’t even support SCSI! What gives!?

  • Sean Murphy

    I think its quite funny in an article about all the inputs on the back of a hard drive, you show an image of the front.

  • imajoebob

    I think it’s worth noting when someone creates a product obviously aimed primarily at the Mac market (why else the FW and the MacPro design?).  It’s just as important to know about companies peddling mediocre technology at an inflated price to the Mac market.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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