External enclosures offer users many options and benefits from storage expansion to redundancy and speed. RAIDON Technology Inc. has been in the storage industry since 2000. They focus on high quality and unique product designs to provide professionals with reliable data storage solutions. We haven’t reviewed many external drive enclosures at The SSD Review, but since this one is for 2.5” SSDs and USB 3.0, we just had to put it through its paces. This is the RAIDON Runner GR2660-B3.
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING, AND AVAILABILITY
The RAIDON Runner is a two bay 2.5” HDD and or SSD RAID enclosure. It offers multiple RAID modes including RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring), as well as a JBOD option via switches on the backside.
The USB 3.0 connectivity and the use of SSDs allow the RAIDON Runner to run at speeds of over 300MB/s. The rated speeds for RAID 0 are 339+MB/s read and 330+MB/s write and for RAID 1, 331+MB/s read and 357+MB/s write.
Pricing isn’t too bad at $135, however, the enclosure isn’t yet readily available in the USA.
Feature wise, it supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI), auto-rebuilding, and hot-swapping. Furthermore, the bays are a tool-less design and the device is compatible with Windows, OSX, and Linux. The warranty for the RAIDON Runner is one year.
PACKAGING AND COMPONENTS
The box itself highlights most of the features of the product such as its USB UASP support as well as showing that it was designed with concept of going green and power savings in mind.
Inside the box, RAIDON includes the Runner GR2660-B3, an USB 3.0 cable, power adaptor with power cable, and a quick start guide.
The Runner is made with an aluminum housing. On the front are the slots in which the drives slide into. The little dots are activity LEDs. The quick start guide states the different meanings for the colors and blinking patterns they show. Mainly they show power, HDD access, HDD failure, and rebuilding status. On the back are the RAID mode switches, power indicator LED, USB 3.0 port, 12V power in, and power switch.
The dimensions are fairly compact, 105mm (W) x 174mm (L) x 33.5mm (H). On the bottom, the RAIDON Runner features rubber feet to reduce vibration when it is coupled with HDDs.