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Kingwin Z1 External USB/eSATA Drive Enclosure

Manufacturer: Kingwin
Supplied by: Kingwin
Street Price: $30

by Dean Barker (10/16/2007)

Introduction

One of the many things that Kingwin produces are external hard drive enclosures.  Over the years we have seen a good number of these coming in all shapes, styles and sizes.  Kingwin’s new 3.5” enclosure is dubbed the Z1 Series coming in a choice of three aluminum anodized colors; red, blue and black.  With a street price of $30, the Kingwin Z1 brings a stylish USB/eSATA drive enclosure to market at a very attractive price point.  The good people at Kingwin have sent over a sample of their new Z1 Enclosure for us to have a closer look at.  Without further a due, let’s so just that.

Specifications

  • Application: External 3.5" Drive Enclosure

  • Interface: USB 2.0 / eSATA up to 3GB/sec transfer rate

  • Dimensions: 210 x 40 x 130mm

  • Construction: Plastic / Aluminum

  • Power: External Power Adapter

  • Hot swappable

  • Colors: Red, Black or Blue

What you get

Kingwin’s new enclosure is actually the Z1-35EU-R.  The last letter being the color code.  By looking at the picture below I’ll give you two guesses what the ‘R’ is for.  Included with the Z1 are a variety of power and connection cables allowing the end user eSATA and USB connectivity as well as power for the unit itself.  One of the more surprising items in the box was a screwdriver.  We also found a driver CD and installation manual.

The Unit

The Z1 is constructed of aluminum and plastic which gives it a lightweight feel.  The non colorized parts of the enclosure are reflective silver colored plastic.  The stand you see is not permanently attached which allows the end user some latitude in placing the Z1 Enclosure where it's most convenient.

     


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