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Plugable Type-C NVMe SSD Enclosure Review – The Worlds 1st Tool-less NVMe SSD External Enclosure

Ease of use is massive to me, and I am sure that’s  the same with most.  M.2 SSDs, as sweet as they are for capacity, size and speeds, are at the best of times difficult to install simply because of the size of the #$%&^% retainer screw. Can this be concerning?  Well, I can remember some time ago when that screw slipped as I was trying to secure the M.2 SSD into the motherboard and disappeared into the power supply unit.  When I started the system some 10 minutes later, I still remember the damn spark that came out of that PSU as it shorted.  Absolutely certain…. I am not alone in this experience.  Today’s report of the Plugable Type-C USB 10Gbps NVMe SSD Enclosure reminded me of this experience, and impressed me with a simple solution for that #$%^& small screw.

The Plugable Type-C 10Gbps NVMe SSD Enclosure is based on the JMicron JMS 583 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to PCIe Gen3 x 2 bridge controller which is attached to a PCB that accommodates an M.2 SSD up to the 2280 (80mm) size.  It provides speeds up to 10Gbps so it will not be surprising that we might see speeds of 1GB/s read and write from an NVMe SSD. Where this SSD gets interesting though, is that it is a completely tool-less design.

The external shell is ribbed aluminum to dissipate heat.  It has a lock on the one side that slides to the left, allowing for the casing to easily slide off.  Inside, any form factor NVMe SSD up to that of 2280 (80mm) can be inserted and, rather than fighting with screws to secure the SSD, there is a rubber fastener that simply sets into place for the SSD. 

Included in the package are Type-C to Type C and Type C to USB 3.1 cables, three adhesive thermal pads to allow the SSD to dissipate heat to the exterior fins of the enclosure, and three extra rubber SSD retainers.  

The Plugable USB-C NVMe USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD enclosure is Windows, macOS and Linux compatible, expected to be available at Amazon on the date of this report and MSRP is listed at $49.95.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.05

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

As expected, the Plugable USB Type-C NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure brings in 10Gbps speeds of 1GB/s read and write.

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