Vizo Arius EX 3.5” SATA HDD Rack Review

Introduction

For some users and businesses data security is a very important issue. To combat this issue many have decided on using devices which lock away their hard drives so they cannot be stolen. One such product which does this is the Vizo Arius EX. Time to explore…

Company Information – Vizo

“VIZO Technology Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and designer of computer peripheral products serving customers around the world. Established in Taiwan in 1992, VIZO has expanded and now operates in the market completely reorganized and prepared to meet the demand for high quality products which are “Made in Taiwan”.”

Features

  • Compatible with 3.5″ SATA I/II HDD
  • Compact size can fit all 5.25″ bay
  • Light weight / huge quantity storage
  • Support hot swappable
  • Security lock included
  • Easy to open with one touch
  • Patented tool-free design for rapid HDD installation
  • With guide wire design, HDD can be slid into rack easily
  • Optimal steel frame design for excellent heat dissipation
  • Silicon rubber HDD anti-vibration structure provides extra protection on HDD
  • Unique scratch-proof SATA connector, more than 50,000 times plug / ejection

Specifications

  • Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gb/ Sec
  • Drive Type: 3.5 “SATA I / II Hard Disk Drive
  • Housing Material: Stainless & Plastic
  • Interface Host: SATA (7 pin)
  • Indicators: Power on, Drive activity
  • Weight: 305 g (without Drive)
  • Dimensions: 184 (L) x 149 (W) x 42 (H) mm
  • System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista, MAC OS X

Contents & Packaging

In true Vizo style the packaging is pretty professional yet quite plain, that is to say, it wouldn’t jump out at you from the store shelves. Despite the fact that it isn’t particularly eye catching it is still undeniably well laid out.

 

The features and specifications for the product are displayed on the rear of the packaging whilst the front of the packaging has several pictures of the product and the main features drawn to your attention

Inside the box there is the drive bay adapter as well as: a molex to sata power adapter, a sata cable, the necessary screws and a set of keys to lock the device.

Vizo Arius EX

The Arius EX at a glance has a very sleek front-end and looks to be made to a very high quality. The front is made from plastic yet it is very sturdy and wouldn’t look out of place in any black PC case. The rest of the frame is mostly constructed from metal except for the rear connector panel which is made of a creamy coloured plastic.

 

The rear connectivity panel has the SATA power and interface ports as well as an extra I/O panel which controls the front power light. This I/O panel feels a little flimsy and doesn’t feel as though it would take well to too much usage.

 

The nice feature with this adaptor is that when the front door is opened, a linking mechanism attached to it helps to eject the HDD. This works by a small arm at the back of the rack, which through a series of points and pivots, is used to push the HDD.

 

The locking mechanism uses a pretty generic looking key, but it is hard to try and pick the lock so you can be rest assured that your HDD is safe in the rack, and away from thieving fingers.

The rack features sound isolating rubber mounts on the rack which will help to reduce vibration noise. This will certainly be a selling point for this rack as many users will want absolute silence which this feature and it will definitely help to promote.

Installation

The Test Setup:

ProcessorIntel Core i7 C0 920 @ 2.67GHz
MotherboardAsus P6T
Graphics CardXFX 1GB Radeon 4870
MemoryOCZ Gold Triple Channel PC3-10666 @ 1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 @ 1.65v
Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB
Power SupplyNOX Apex 700W
EnclosureCooler Master ATCS-840
OSWindows Vista 64-bit

In terms of testing, there isn’t a clear path to take and so we have decided to look at the functionality and ease of installation to assess the ability of the Arius EX.

Installation for this product was thankfully rather straightforward. Much like the installation of a DVD drive, the user must install it into a 5.25” bay and screw it into place. The cables are then all connected up and you are ready to go!

Once installed into the case it is simply a matter of slotting your HDD in and you are away. This is much easier than you may think as the guide wire keeps the HDD at the correct height and the side rails keep it straight and true. This means that it is a simple task to install.

After installation I found my hard drive, which is usually rather loud at seeking data to be much quieter. It seems the Arius significantly dampens the vibrations given out from the hard drive.

Conclusion

The Arius EX is a quality product with both ease of installation and the ability to reduce noise output as assets. In fact there isn’t really anything that I could pick out about the Arius EX that alarms me (except maybe the I/O board).

Unfortunately I was unable to find a price for the Vizo Arius. However, if under £30 I’d definitely say this is a product worth buying if you’re worried about data security.

editors choice

Thanks go to Vizo for providing the HDD Rack for review.

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