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Appeared on: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Akasa Elite HDD Case


1. Features

Akasa, a well known peripheral manufacturer, recently released a new series of external cases for both 2.5" and 3.5" hard disk drives, the Elite series.

Leather finish aluminium body with brushed aluminium fascia panels and polished edges define this stylish enclosure, which goes beyond classic practicality.

This compact élite enclosure enables external use of 2.5" SATA and SSD hard drive providing data mobility with style. It is a Plug & Play device, which gives you a connection choice between USB2.0 or eSATA allowing easy access to your files.

- Product Features

  Application   External 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD   enclosure
  Design for   2.5" SATA I/II and SSD HDD up to 9.5mm   (D)
  Interface   eSATA and USB2.0 (1.1 compatible)
  Transfer rate USB   480Mb/s max
  Transfer rate eSATA   3.0Gb/s max
  Material   Aluminium
  DC input   +5V (from USB)
  Power Indicator   Blue-LED
  Supported OS   Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  Mac Os 9 and OS X
  Plug & Play   Yes
  Hot Swappable   Yes– in USB connection
  Dimensions   136 x 80 x 16 mm
  Product code   AK-IC009-BK

2. Retail box

The Akasa AK-IC009-BK costs around €25 (including VAT), making it an affordable external 2.5" case for your SATA HDD drive. The retail box is small and includes a transparent window on the front. The box supports only SATA 2.5" HDD and has both USB2.0 and eSATA connectors.

The package includes a printed manual, USB2.0 and eSATA cables.

The device is covered with black leather at the top while both sides are covered with plastic stripes:

On the left side of the case is there are the the eSATA and USB2.0 ports, an operation led (blue/white) and a 5V-DC power jack, which should be plugged when you are using the eSATA cable.

In order to install a HDD, first you need to remove the four screws found on the front and the two sides. Then you should gently place the HDD in the case and put the four screws back in place. The whole procedure should not take you more than 5 minutes.

After mounting the front metal plate, you are ready to use your HDD.


3. Tests

Let's see now some performance numbers when using the HDD conected via the the USB 2.0 and the eSATA interfaces. For our tests, we installed a WD 320GB 2.5" SATA HDD drive and connected it to the following PC:

As we have mentioned, you can operate the drive, either as a USB2.0 or as an eSATA device. Normaly, the latter should perform as if you had the SATA HDD installed inside a notebook or a PC.

The drive was recognized as Generic External 2.10 drive under Windows:

Running the Full Bench test gives us an idea of the overall performance. Under the USB 2.0 mode, the drive gave a rather linear performance. Reading was done at 35MB/sec and writing was slower at 31MB/sec. The random access time was 14.4ms.

As it was expected, the drive was much faster connected through the eSATA interface. Compared to the USB 2.0 mode, here you will get almost double the performance:

The HD TunePro software more or less confirm the above findings:


4. Summary

The Akasa elite external case combines elegance with practicality. It extends the storage capacity of your notebook or desktop PC allowing you to quickly save files and carry them with you, while simplistic designed coupled with the leather finish could attract most business people who want a stylish and at the same time fast external enclosure.

The dual USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity options offer flexibility and plug-n-play convenience. The case supports SATA 2.5" HDD and according to our tests, its performance is not anything less than what the official specifications indicate. Under the USB 2.0 mode, the read/write speed is 30~35MB/sec, limited by the nature of the USB 2.0 format. If your notebook has an eSATA connector, you may enjoy almost double the performance or even more, depending on the installed HDD.

Add to all these a relatively low retail price (€25 including VAT) and you get a complete and solid storage solution. Editor's Choice Award for the new Akasa Elite.



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