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Venus DS3 External 3.5" Enclosure

Company: American Media Systems (AMS)
Product: Venus DS3 3.5" External Aluminum Enclosure DS-2316B2BK
Street Price: ~$45 USD
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2004
Reviewed By: Daniel Swords aka rds0811
Rating: (4.5/5)


These days, it's all about portability and taking important work/files with you on the go. There are a lot of portable storage options from CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, and compact flash cards... but these still have limited storage compared to an actual hard drive. Also, sometimes you don't want to lug around a notebook computer, or a notebook might not have the functionality you need. This is where external hard drive enclosures come into play. With an external enclosure it becomes possible to take an internal 3.5" hard drive (you can pull one straight out of your computer if you choose) and use it on any computer with a USB connection. This is much more cost effective than burning lots of CDs, and much cheaper than using a laptop computer to make your data portable. This can be especially valuable if you need to transfer a lot of data between your home and work computers for example.

Today I'll be reviewing a new 3.5" hard drive enclosure form AMS Electronics called the Venus DS3 (model: DS-2316B2BK). It's quite similar to the Coolmax review I recently published, but sports an innovative new fan/exhaust system to keep the hard drive much cooler.


Manufacturer's specs:

 - Aluminum body
 - LED on front panel
 - Turbo cooling fan (8 cm)
 - Power: 15pin & DC power adapter
 - Hot swappable & plug and play
 - Power adapter: 100~240V/12V-2.0A
 - Classic, stylish, and smooth design
 - For Win98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac 9.0 up
 - Dimensions: 205(L) x 132(W) x 50(H) mm
 - Net weight: 0.5 Kg
 - Daisy-Chain up to 62 hard drive devices via FireWire ports or up to 129 USB 2.0 devices via USB 2.0 hubs
 - Direct Connection and Adjustable Power Inlet and Mechanical Power Switch


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