Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,217 Reviews & Articles | 52,120 News Posts

Thermaltake Level 10 Miniature (Mini) 3.5" Storage Enclosure Review

Thermaltake Level 10 Miniature (Mini) 3.5
Love Thermaltake's Level 10 chassis? There's good news for you; now you can buy the Level 10 Miniature (Mini), a storage enclosure for your SSDs or HDDs.
By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Feb 20, 2016 5:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_99

 

From where I'm standing, I'd imagine everyone remembers or has heard of the Level 10. I'm also sure in some capacity you have seen pictures on the internet or if you were lucky enough you may have purchased this chassis. And if you haven't, you probably should open a new tab while you are reading this and Google or Bing some images.

 

The Level 10 brand from the beginning was all about delivering top of the line solutions for consumers, this all started with aforementioned chassis about six or seven years ago. Now the brand has grown to encompass several chassis, mice and now enclosures and today we get to go hands-on with the Level 10 Miniature (Mini). It is a USB 3.0 enclosure, it supports both 3.5" and 2.5" drives, and they can be either of the hard drive or solid state flavor. Dimension come in at 210 x 68 x 141 with weight at 670g.

 

Compatibility of the Level 10 Mini includes Windows, OS X, and Linux while the MSRP of the Thermaltake Level 10 Mini comes in at $59.99 with a one-year warranty.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_02

 

If you have purchased a product from Thermaltake in the past, you should recognize this packaging as its used on nearly all the accessories. With the Level 10 Mini, we have marketing information on the bottom left with a holographic "Limited Edition" badge to the right.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_03

 

The scope of delivery is quite simple but does have a few value added bits including a screwdriver for securing your drive.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_04

 

Above, we have our first look at the Level 10 Mini. It carries the same contours on the side as the original chassis with branding across the top.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_05

 

Looking from the front down the side of the enclosure, you get that same iconic feel as the Level 10 had without the massive stage presence.

 

GO TO TOP OF THE NEXT COLUMN ^

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_06

 

On the backside, we have a power switch, USB 3.0 port, and power input.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_07

 

The drive tray holds the PCB in place and as you can see has holes for both 2.5" and 3.5" drives. The controller used in this product is a JMicron device.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_10

 

Installing my Intel SSD 730 in the Level 10 mini, I took it for a spin on Anvils Storage Utilities. As you can see, it did quite well allowing 397 MB/s read and 394 MB/s write. Random performance was able to reach nearly 16K IOPS read and 13.5K IOPS write.

 

thermaltake-level-10-miniature-mini-3-5-storage-enclosure-review_11

 

Adding the Level 10 Mini to our charts, it comes in as one of the better enclosures we have tested, just a touch slower than the Kingwin Power Dock and Nexstar USB 3.1 solution.

 

Over the past few years, I have seen quite a few enclosures. While most do their job, others are put on a higher level because of features or performance, but the Level 10 Mini for me is probably one of the better built single disk solutions I have seen. The aluminum adds to the aesthetics as much as the design along with adding durability to protect the internal drive. And while I would have much rather had a toolless drive bay, Thermaltake was kind enough to toss in a screwdriver so I didn't have to go to the garage.

 

The performance was quite surprising as I never have a good experience with products using JMicron controllers, but as you seen this time around, things were much different. I was able to reach 397 MB/s read and 394 MB/s write with my Intel 730 while random performance too was solid.

 

Overall, the Level 10 Mini would be my choice for a single disk enclosure, but aesthetics are subjective, yet it's still worth a close look at any rate.

 

 

 

Tyler's Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance87%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: Thermaltake's Level 10 Miniature (Mini) storage device offers top notch performance for a single disk USB 3.0 enclosure and with its aggressive pricing, may be worth a look.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts
View Our Latest Videos

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading