Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 SSD Tool-Free Enclosure (EC-T3NS) Review

Tool-Free.  We happened to read this this in both our first dual enclosure review that we had posted earlier, as well as that of which we are about to post.  That is so key in manufacturing portable SSD enclosures and, at least I can admit I have spent hours looking for that small SSD screw that just fell on the floor.  Actually better yet, I once had one fall into the PSU and later watched that PSU die with a pop and a flash.  At that point, I learned never to install a PSU fan up.  Our second report today takes a quick look at Sabrent’s single SSD contained Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD enclosure…the EC-T3NS.

The Sabrent EC-T3NS is a portable external SSD that has data throughput and power delivery through the Tbt3 cable alone; there is no need for a separate adapter.  It is fully Windows and Mac capable, has speeds up to 1600MB/s, an MSRP of $99 and a one-year warranty.


The EC-T3NS is manufactured with a solid aluminum 2-piece shell which has the Tbt3 port on the bottom, and a unique aluminum swivel latch on the bottom for opening the device.


For our purposes today, we are going a bit overboard and throwing in a Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe3 NVMe M.2 SSD.  As we learned right off, it is backwards compatible with PCIe 3 enclosures.



Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.


We wanted to throw in a Crystal Diskmark result to demonstrated that the EC-T3NS does, in fact, meet listed specifications, and so it should. The reason that this enclosure maxes out at 1500MB/s rather than the 2.8GB/s high that Thunderbolt 3 is fully capable of is because it employs only two lanes, vice four for product value.

All in all this is a solid device with a great feel, typical warranty and a good price.  Checking Amazon, we can see it listed listed below MSRP at 74.99.

Check pricing of the Sabrent EC-T3NS at Amazon.


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