One of the first things that caught my attention about the Mercury Elite-AL Pro was how great it looks. The aluminum casing is polished and solid, and with its attractive finish, it looks very nice setting on the desk during testing. This is a very important consideration for any external device. These types of devices are always in view, and having an attractive appearance is a must!
The unit is also very cool and quiet. The only way that we were even aware that the unit was turned on was the two blue monitoring lights on the front of the enclosure. Heat is an important consideration as well, with the device easily dissipating any heat that comes from the low-profile HDDs inside. This would not be an issue at all, of course, if there are a few SSDs in the enclosure.
Being a bus powered device one could see this used in a wide variety of scenarios. Not being tied down with the constant requirement for a power cord makes transport just that much easier. Portability is really one of the main purposes for external enclosures, allowing users to easily get data and files from one location to another easily.
The definite hallmark of all OWC products seems to always come down to the extras, and the service after the sale. There are simply not enough companies in the storage realm with the superior reputation that OWC has earned in regards to customer service.
This shines through in the software package that they have put together with this device. There is over $200 of included software that makes this just a total package that is hard to beat!
Couple that with the OWC 3 Year Warranty, and we would recommend the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Mini with absolutely no hesitation.