As USB 3.0 gains acceptance and finds its way into more homes and businesses, more people will take advantage of the speeds offered. As the cycle ramps up we'll also see more devices enter the market. These devices are going to need to compete on two fronts; price and features. The MUKii TransImp External 3.5" HDD Enclosure is currently not leading when it comes to price; it's actually pretty far down the list when shopping on price alone. That leaves the features category. MUKii could have added a couple of extra features to make the TIP-330SU-BK more attractive as an enclosure, but did manage to bring additional value to the product by adding a software package.
For most reading this, the included MUKii software package doesn't really bring anything to the table that we don't already have. Windows can back up your data and format your hard drive. Windows doesn't really have an instruction manual, though, and we all know people who can't figure out how to play a game on their PC much less know how to setup an auto back up routine or find Computer Management. For those users the MUKii software package and enclosure will appear to be quite the value. For the rest of us just looking for an enclosure and could really care less what it looks like, there are many lower priced models available online.
When it comes to performance most USB 3.0 devices are limited by the speed of the USB 3.0 implementation used on the motherboard. We have yet to see a full 10x performance increase over USB 2.0 and most likely won't until Intel launches a native USB 3.0 solution on the south bridge. Till then everything is running between 200 and 250MB/s. The MUKii TIP-330SU-BK easily achieves these speeds even though most users will simply use a standard 3.5" desktop drive that is only capable of 100MB/s or so transfer speeds. The MUKii TIP-330SU-BK can easily handle those speeds with quite a bit of room left to go.
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