Aaah, storage. As far as I'm concerned, you can't have enough of it. Be it in a server or on the go, you can't really ever have too much hard drive space. Today we're taking the time to have a look at a hard drive caddie from a company called VOX.
While I haven't personally heard of them until now, having a look at the product they sent us today has opened my eyes to the company. The particular caddie we're looking at today is the VOX V1 which comes in three forms; 250GB, 500GB and 750GB.
With three different sizes available, the chances are that one of them is right for you. The particular one we have today is the 500GB model which is covered in an all-black chassis.
We will today have a look at how the VOX V1 goes up against another caddie we have with us and also against one of our Samsung 1TB drives that is already installed in our system. Before we get into that though, let's have a look at the package VOX has put together along with a closer look at the caddie itself.
Straight away we can see that the front of the box gives us a fair bit of detail in regards to the product. Across the top we can see that it's the 500GB model and supports USB 2.0. Just below that we have the model and brand mentioned as well as its ability to be connected using eSATA.
In the middle of the box we also have a picture of the caddie and below that we have some of the main features including both Vista and XP support, a speed increase with the use of eSATA and the fact that a one button backup is available.
Turning the box over, we again have a picture of the caddie and the brand, model and the fact that it supports both USB 2.0 and eSATA. Across the bottom of the box we have a number of logos including USB 2.0, Apple, Vista, SATA and more.
Opening up the box we're greeted by a user manual alongside a CD which includes the backup software and a driver if you're using Windows 98. The backup software included on the CD didn't feel great, which made the one button backup function feel a bit pointless out of the box. It would probably be worth looking for some other software online or use the drive as just an external HDD caddie that you drag and drop files onto.
Alongside an included power brick we also have two cables; one being a USB 2.0 and one an eSATA cable.
Upon pulling the drive out of the box, we have a very simple all-black design that looks and feels of extremely high quality.
If you want to lay the drive upwards, the bundle also includes a stand that you can place onto the bottom of the caddie.
Looking around the caddie, we can see the front gives us a one touch back-up button while each side of the caddie has VOX embedded into it. The overall design looks very elegant and like we mentioned before, it feels extremely good from a quality point of view.
Spinning around to the back of the caddie, we have our power port along with a switch that lets us turn the caddie on and off. Next to this we have our two connectors; one is of course USB 2.0 while the other is eSATA.
Test System Setup and HD Tune
Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Motherboard(s): ASUS P5E64 WS Evolution
Memory: 2 X 1GB Aeneon 1333MHz DDR3
Hard Disk(s): 8x Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM SATA-II
Operating System: Windows Vista 64-Bit SP1
Today we will see how the VOX 500GB caddie goes in both USB 2.0 and eSATA form. We'll also compare it against our trusty Vantec dock which is also using eSATA. For further measure we will see how it goes against one of our Samsung 1TB drives hooked up to our ICH9R controller.
Version and / or Patch Used: 3.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com/>
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
- Benchmark: measures the performance
- Info: shows detailed information
- Health: checks the health status by using SMART
- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
- Temperature display
HD Tune may also work with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB sticks, iPods, etc.
In the read department we can see that the move from USB 2.0 to eSATA offers us big gains. Apart from the burst speed which would be the least important result out of the four, it's able to outperform the Vantec Nexstar dock which also uses eSATA.
We can again see the disadvantage of using USB 2.0 which adds an increase in access time. We can see when using eSATA that the drive performs in line with not only the Vantec dock, but also our 1TB Samsung drive that's hooked directly onto the motherboard.
The VOX really is able to perform extremely well and under our testing the drive remained extremely cool, making us feel confident about storing important data on the drive.
While the software isn't great, the VOX V1 as a portable hard drive caddie is excellent for the purpose of transferring files to and from your desktop or workplace, or even a friends place makes it very handy for quick and easy storage movement. The option of both USB 2.0 and eSATA gives us the versatility we need to plug it into anyone's machine. The latter really gives us the speed to transfer big files in a reasonable amount of time.
The package gives us everything we need including the necessary cables to get data transfer happening out of the box and of course the power connector. Along with this we also have a stand that lets you sit the drive upwards if you're running a bit tight for space.
All in all, you can't really go wrong with the VOX V1 caddie. It's fast, quiet, looks good and cools extremely well. With three different sizes available, there isn't a whole lot you can ask for when it comes down to purchasing a hard drive caddie.
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