One of the most active companies with respect to SSDs and flash technology has to be Sabrent. Not only have they become known to release the biggest and fastest in SSDs well before many of the more mature manufacturers, but also, they spread their wings with external SSDs, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.2 Gen 2, as well as enclosures for those wanting to build their own external SSD storage. Most recently, we have looked at three of Sabrent’s newest SSD enclosures and they all definitely had one thing in common; product build quality. Their product build quality is simply beyond reproach.
Today we are looking at the last in their enclosure group, the Sabrent Type-C Dual NVMe SSD Enclosure with offline cloning and active cooling (EC-SSD2). The EC-SSD2 is a dual NVMe SSD enclosure that allows one to format two additional logical drives on their PC (one for each SSD) and read and write from either simultaneously at USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) speeds of 1050MB/s read and write data transfer.
This enclosure is constructed of a thick aluminum two-piece casing and includes a power adapter. User Manual, the EC-SSD2 itself, as well as Type-A and Type-C to Type-C cables for use with USB 3.1/2. There is also a warranty sheet that explains that, by registering your product with Sabrent, you can extend the standard 1-year warranty to two years.
The Sabrent EC-SSD2 measures 4.5″ long x 2.5″ wide x 1″ high, contains an internal fan with the venting set up to pull air in the front and out the sides, and is constructed of a flat silver 2mm thick aluminum alloy. The writing on the front is very hard to photograph but the top two holes are SSD A/B LEDs. Below that is your Offline Cloning button with four progress LEDs for 25/50/75/100% complete notification.
Left to right on the lower side is the disk activity LED, power button, DC 5V input and Type-C port.
When we speak of Sabrent quality and ingenuity, this photo describes exactly what we mean. Where most manufacturers would use screws to retain the base, Sabrent has a spring set ball bearing on either side of one end to accomplish this. Simply slide the other end into its slot and press down.
Taking a look at the blue printed circuit board inside, we can see that this unit can accommodate 2242 (42mm) 2260 (60mm) and 2280 (80mm) M.2 SSDs. An important point is that this is an NVMe M.2 enclosure and SATA M.2 SSDs will not work in this unit. Speaking once again of ingenuity, Sabrent uses removeable black rubber grommets rather than making the user deal with the hassle of screws. They even supply extra.
SABRENT EC-SSD2 PERFORMANCE
For testing, we utilized both Gen 3 and Gen 4 SSDs to ensure compatibility, keeping in mind of course that this is only a 10Gbps device and the top speeds we can expect with data transfer is about 1050MB/s. Our best result with Crystal DiskMark was actually quite impressive:
REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Sabrent EC-SSD2 is a great device for those that switch off, migrate, and clone M.2 SSDs frequently, keeping in mind of course that it was manufactured with a maximum USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps transfer speed in mind. In order to clone, one simply places the source disk in M.2 slot A and the target disk in slot B, plug the EC-SSD2 in and press the clone button. It’s that simple.
Checking Amazon, we see the Sabrent EC-SSD2 for $119.99 which is a price that makes one wonder how they can even create this build for that price. Great product for the money!