Vizo Luxon 3.5" USB & SATA External HDD Enclosure
These days, there are so many cheap peripherals being released by Taiwanese and Chinese companies. As these peripherals are technically-simple, most compete based on their low cost. As a result, their quality is usually not satisfactory.
Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the Vizo Luxon is quite different. Not only does the Luxon look good, it also feels good, thanks to its aluminium shell. But the Luxon isn't all about looks.
Unlike many cheap HDD enclosures, the Luxon actually supports both IDE and SATA hard drives. Albeit you have to set the proper interface using a jumper, but at least it supports both interfaces. In addition, it supports direct SATA transfers as well as the more common USB 2.0 connectivity. Vizo even provides a SATA bracket for use with your PC.
When it comes to accessories, the Luxon is truly loaded. It comes with a lot of stuff, even a mini screwdriver and a piece of cleaning cloth. Let's not forget the SATA bracket and cable. We were, of course, a bit frustrated and dissapointed with the lack of effort put into the proper packaging of the contents, that left out the jumpers and gave us a wrong manual. But Vizo certainly did a good job in providing everything you need and more in the box.
Now, you may think that such a product from a small, unknown Taiwanese manufacturer would not be able to perform as well as more expensive enclosures. Well, think again. We pit it against the Seagate Pushbutton Backup 750GB and the Luxon not only kept up with it, it was actually slightly faster than the Pushbutton Backup in WinBench 99.
Of course, the Vizo Luxon was paired with a fast hard drive - the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10. The Luxon's performance is tied closely to the performance of the hard drive installed in it. But it's good to see that the Luxon was able to keep up with the Pushbutton Backup. It goes to show that the JMicron JM20338controller used is truly up to the job.
Overall, the Vizo Luxon offers great value for those who are looking for a stylish external HDD enclosure that supports both IDE and SATA hard drives, as well as offering direct SATA connectivity in addition to the standard USB cable. Its performance will be highly dependent on the drive you pair it up with, but as our tests have shown, it is more than capable of keeping up with the best.
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USB (supports 480Mbps High Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1)
Length: 210 mm
Aluminium housing with mirror-finish
Hard Drive Formats Supported
|Hard Drive Connectivity Options
| IDE HDD to USB
IDE HDD to SATA
SATA HDD to USB
SATA HDD to SATA
|Operating System Support
| USB: Window 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Mac OS 8.6 and above
Serial ATA: Windows 2000/XP/Mac OS 8.6 and above
Plug and Play
One Luxon 3.5" HDD enclosure
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