In-Win ‘NA 3.5 HDD Enclosure Review


Style or functionality, sometimes when choosing an external 3.5 HDD it can come down to these options. While some like me that only have 1 TB drive for backing up our data the need to rely on an enclosure that will function when they need it is important. Others like to have unassuming enclosures that blend in and run all the time from their desks.Why not chose both? With the extremely unique design of the In-Win ‘NA not only can it be used as an effective HDD enclosure but it could also be used as a central conversation piece in the right situation. Let’s take a closer look at this product:

Product Provided By: In-Win

Closer Look:

The packaging looks like something that you pick up in a Chinese market somewhere. Yet this unassuming box contains one of the most unique looking enclosures I have ever seen. Most of the box just says that it’s an e SATA 3.5” HDD enclosure but once you flip over the box it displays all of the specs and features that you would need to know about this cool looking enclosure.

 

 
 

Included with the In-Win ‘NA is: a power cable, a USB, and an e SATA cable, also there is an instruction manual, and a small card that says that the porcelain lid isn’t covered under warranty.

 

 

The enclosure itself is quite the looker. With a solid, hand crafted porcelain serving tray for a lid, in the right setting this little guy would blend right in and you would never guess that it was a HDD enclosure. Mounted in the bottom is a small, silent 60 mm fan that runs off of the enclosures build in thermostat to make sure your hard drive keeps cool. As for installing a hard drive in the enclosure, I found it to be one of the best I have ever used. Remove the lid, undo a couple of screws and plug it in. Some enclosure I used in the past sometimes where a hassle to get open and closed, and seeing that this enclosure says that it supports hot swapping I can see why it was designed with an easy to use setup.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neatly hidden underneath the unit is a small compartment that makes organizing your cables and stops them from going all over the place, just one more thing that this unit does to provide a little bit of style.

Now let’s take a look at the specs and features:

Specifications:

External Material:
Plastic and Porcelain
Interface:
USB2.0/1.1, e-SATA
HDD:
Support 3.5-inch SATA HDD, Up to 1000GB of storage
Rate:
480Mbps w/ USB 2.0 & 12Mbps w/ USB 1.1 3.0Gbps w/ SATA II & 1.5Gbps w/ SATA I
External Power Adapter:
100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 12V/2A
O.S.:
2000, XP, Vista
Dimension(W×L×H):
131mm × 201mm × 70mm
Certification:
CE, FCC, BSMI, RoHS certified
Warranty:
3-Year

 Features:

Design Philosophy
Combining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Design Philosophy
Combining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Design PhilosophyCombining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Design Philosophy
Combining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Design PhilosophyCombining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Design Philosophy
Combining a warm design aesthetic and a touch of Chinese culture, Na brings users an elegance not seen before in external hard drive enclosures.
Culture & Art
The top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Culture & Art
The top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Culture & ArtThe top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Culture & Art
The top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Culture & ArtThe top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Culture & Art
The top plate of this 3.5” external storage device is adorned with a bit of Chinese calligraphy [納], meaning prosperity, wealth, and the spirit of generosity. The porcelain plate compliments the stylish silhouette providing users with the ultimate in storage solutions.
Beautifully Hidden
Sprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Beautifully Hidden
Sprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Beautifully HiddenSprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Beautifully Hidden
Sprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Beautifully HiddenSprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Beautifully Hidden
Sprouting out from its vibrant character, the Na is able to hide pesky wires and cords that might get in the way of your calming storage experience.
Vibration
Patterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
Vibration
Patterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
VibrationPatterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
Vibration
Patterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
VibrationPatterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
Vibration
Patterned anti-vibration rubber was designed to prevent your Na from shocks and vibrations.
Smart Fan Control
The 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.
Smart Fan Control
The 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.
Smart Fan ControlThe 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.
Smart Fan Control
The 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.
Smart Fan ControlThe 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.
Smart Fan Control
The 6cm silent fan is equipped with an automatic thermostat switch that can automatically detect the temperature to turn the fan on or off. This saves you electricity, keeps your hard drive in a controlled temperature, and is environmentally friendly.

Now let’s do some testing:

Testing Setup:

CPU: Q6600
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Memory: 2 x 2GB Kingston
OS: Windows XP Home SP3
Video Card: ATI Radeon EAH 4550

Power Supply: 550 W PSU
Case: NZXT Tempest

Testing:

To Test the In-Win ‘NA I will be using our standard tests. I will be using HD Tune to do a benchmark of its USB and e SATA capabilities, and then I will be timing the upload speeds of a 10MB, 100MB, and a 500MB file. For this test I will be putting it against my CoolMax Leather Enclosure. Let’s begin.

HD Tune (USB)

 

Enclosure

In-Win ‘NA

CoolMax Leather

Ave MB/sec

33.3

32.7

Time

15.9 ms

15.3 ms

Burst Rate

25.1 MB/sec

27.8 MB/sec

CPU Usage

4.3%

3.6%

 

HD Tune (e SATA)

 

Enclosure

In-Win ‘NA

CoolMax Leather

Ave MB/sec

102.5

97.8

Time

15.3 ms

15.3 ms

Burst Rate

200 MB/sec

196.3 MB/sec

CPU Usage

1.6%

2.0

 

 Transfer Times (USB)

 

Enclosure

In-Win ‘NA

CoolMax Leather

10 MB

1

1

100 MB

4

5

500 MB

17

19

 

  Times (e SATA)

 

Enclosure

In-Win ‘NA

CoolMax Leather

10 MB

0.5

0.5

100 MB

1

1

500 MB

5

8

 

So from this we can see that the In-Win ‘NA is a really good enclosure. Using its e SATA function it outperformed the CoolMax enclosure which was our past burst rate leader but the In-Win ‘NA out performed it by delivering an even higher burst rate of 200MB/sec.

Now let’s get to my final thoughts:

Conclusion:

I love it, I really do. While adding an air of class and style in the right setting this small, quiet, unassuming enclosure can blend in and you would never even know it was there. The way it is designed it makes for a clean use, with an area to keep all the needed cables neat and tidy is another thing that I thought was a huge plus for the In-Win ‘NA enclosure.

So here’s the big question, would I recommend it? And as usual I have to say that depends on you. If you have a the proper theme at home or in your office, that it would make this enclosure feel at home, then yes I whole heartedly would recommend this. Even if this was the first step in your new theme I think it would be a great buy. In some settings I feel that this might stand out a little, but maybe that’s what you want and then by all means you should get one, it’s a great looking, and great working enclosure that I think most would like. With its silent design nobody will even have to know what it is. Plus the tray makes for a great place for computer techs to put all their screws and small loose doo-dads.

Pros:

  • Looks Great
  • Supports e SATA
  • Keeps Cables Neat and Tidy
  • Easy to use
  • Did I mention it Looks Great

Cons:

  • Porcelain break if dropped (shouldn’t be dropping your hard drive any ways)
  • Might not suit some rooms

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