Portability. From mobile phones to netbooks, MP3 players to tablets, manufacturers are offering consumers more and more ways to work and play on the move. When it comes to data portability the traditional mechanical hard drive has two main competitors; the flash drive and "the cloud". As flash drive capacity has increased and price decreased the ubiquitous thumb drive has become the preferred method to store and share documents and small media files. For the more technically minded online or "cloud" storage solutions like Dropbox, Mozy or SkyDrive offer access to files from anywhere with an internet connection. Of course the speed of the cloud storage is dependant on your 'net connection.
However, there are occasions when the price per Gb and speed of a mechanical drive can't be beaten. While there are a wide range of portable drives from the major hard drive manufacturers, there are an equal number, if not more, of external enclosures. These allow users to select a drive to suit their speed and capacity requirements from a brand they trust. Alternatively, an enclosure can be used to recycle a drive from a failed laptop.
Today we're looking at the Eagle Consus P-Series 2.5" SATA to USB and eSATA Enclosure.