Zalman ZM-VE300 2.5” USB3.0 External HDD Enclosure Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2012-02-14

The ZM-VE300 from Zalman may look a lot like the previous VE200 version, but it brings a lot of new features like the USB 3.0 interface, a more intuitive and rich menu, a pre-applied tape for avoiding short-circuits inside its chassis and a backup software for added value.

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Packaging, A Closer Look

The Zalman ZM-VE300 2.5’’ HDD enclosure is shipped inside a tiny cardboard box, with a photo of the product on the frontal side along with the main “Virtual Drive” feature; here we can also find that the product functions on the newer USB 3.0 bus (compared to the ZM-VE200 which had USB 2.0 but also eSATA):




On the back of the box we can find the full list of features, the technical specifications chart and a small graph with speed comparisons:




By lifting the top cover, we can find the enclosure docked in the center, along with the accessories which are located on the bottom layer:




In the box we can also find a Quick Guide, a CD with Backup Software, a carry pouch, a screw driver with 4 screws (only two are needed but the manufacturer is also offering spares) and the USB 3.0 cable:




Inside the guide we are shown how to install the drive, but also how to operate the product menu:




The carry pouch is useful during travel and also protects the product from dust or scratches:




The ZM-VE300 has a brushed aluminum exterior and can come in two variants (silver or black):




On the top there is the LCD screen where the menu appears, along with the HDD activity LED:




Also on the front we can locate the Zalman logo:




On the right side we can find a rubber band, which must be raised in order to install the screw for securing the top side (when a HDD/SSD is installed):





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Comment from jmke @ 2012/02/15
excellent this device this (and the 200 version too); replaced any need of an external DVD drive for managing our systems; ordered a couple and everybody is highly praising its usefulness !