Wednesday, February 13th 2019

Plugable Launches the First NVMe SSD Enclosure with a Completely Tool-free Design

Plugable, the leading developer of USB, Thunderbolt, Bluetooth and power-related devices, launches the 10Gb USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) NVMe SSD Enclosure, the first high performance NVMe enclosure to feature a completely tool-free, spring-loaded design for inserting and removing a compatible SSD, along with advanced thermal management to maximize performance and device lifespan.

With a sleek and slim profile, a rugged aluminum body for improved heat dissipation, and USB Type-A and Type-C host compatibility, the Plugable USB-C NVMe Enclosure is an optimal solution for safeguarding SSDs when moving from the workplace to the home office and achieving maximum transfer performance speeds on PCs, Macs and Linux devices.
Portable, Tool-Free Design
Unlike other NVMe enclosures that need screwdrivers to secure the SSD in place, the Plugable USB-C NVMe Enclosure enables opening the enclosure using a slide-lock, then gently aligning the NVMe notch into the socket and securing it in place with a tensioned rubber peg. Once the SSD is secured, users slide the cover back into place and it's ready for use. Thanks to the USB-C NVMe Enclosure's rugged and durable frame, it can be thrown into a bag and transported to different workstations without damaging the SSD inside.

Effective Heat Dissipation for High Performance
The Plugable USB-C NVMe Enclosure's aluminum body allows for peak heat dissipation compared to other solutions available on the market, thanks to its ideal thermal properties. By dissipating heat while in-use, the USBC-NVMe allows SSDs to maintain high-speed transfers (up to 10Gbps) possible with the latest USB 3.1 Gen2 technology. For example, a transfer of 1,000 8MB photos, which can take up to 40 minutes using traditional thumb drives, will only take 4 minutes using the USB-C NVMe populated with fast media such as the Samsung 960 EVO. Heat dissipation also extends SSD longevity, reducing the need for continuous replacement and data migration.

Complete Compatibility
In order to meet the needs of professionals with diverse hardware preferences, the included USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables allow the USB-C NVMe Enclosure to be connected to any Windows, macOS or Linux device. It is also compatible with all M.2 NVMe SSDs from manufacturers like Intel, Phison and Samsung.

The Plugable USB-C NVMe USB 3.1 Gen 2 NVMe Enclosure is available now for $49.95 on Amazon.
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7 Comments on Plugable Launches the First NVMe SSD Enclosure with a Completely Tool-free Design

#1
XXL_AI
lets put one of the most fragile storing equipment in a case.

one drop and it is gone.

get real, stick a 7mm 500gb ssd into your wallet.
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Assimilator
50 dollars for a f**king NVMe case? They must be aiming this at Apple users.
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#3
Slizzo
XXL_AI, post: 3993717, member: 182013"
lets put one of the most fragile storing equipment in a case.

one drop and it is gone.

get real, stick a 7mm 500gb ssd into your wallet.
What? An NVMe drive is no more fragile than a traditional SSD.
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Valantar
Slizzo, post: 3993747, member: 97498"
What? An NVMe drive is no more fragile than a traditional SSD.
Indeed, particularly when mounted into a case with proper support on both sides. Sure, the m.2 PCB is thinner (and thus slightly more fragile), but the on-board components are the same except for the connector, and if anything, SATA connectors are incredibly fragile (they're rated for 50(!!!!) insertion-removal cycles!). m.2 PCIe connectors are far more durable simply due to being made from more durable material (fiberglass and copper > plastic). One might also argue that m.2 drives being smaller and lighter makes them more durable, as they'll carry less energy hitting the ground when dropped from the same height, requiring less protection from a case.

I wish there were more pictures of this, as it looks tempting even if the price is about 2x what it ought to be (btw, Plugable's site lists this as a $69 MSRP, so the Amazon price seems quite low compared to that). Considering that the MyDigitalSSD M2X launched at $40, I'm guessing those NVMe-to-USB chips are rather expensive. No wonder, really, given the performance and how new these solutions are.
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#5
notb
XXL_AI, post: 3993717, member: 182013"
lets put one of the most fragile storing equipment in a case.
You really think SSD is more fragile than HDD?
Also, have you ever heard about flash memory cards?
Assimilator, post: 3993746, member: 7058"
50 dollars for a f**king NVMe case? They must be aiming this at Apple users.
This case + NVMe drive will still be cheaper than a comparable mobile SSD. And these things sell like hot cakes.
So maybe it's actually NOT for Apple users?

Moreover, an external case like this one is actually quite a nice way to use your old NVMe drive after upgrading. And possibly the only way for notebook/SFF owners.
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#6
Patriot
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50 dollars for a f**king NVMe case? They must be aiming this at Apple users.
The current ones are $40-70... either super low volumes... or that nvme-usb bridge chip is expensive... or a bit of both.
Pcie traces are tricky things...
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Valantar
notb, post: 3993796, member: 165619"
Moreover, an external case like this one is actually quite a nice way to use your old NVMe drive after upgrading. And possibly the only way for notebook/SFF owners.
Yep, I'm looking at that issue down the line when I finally give in and replace my current boot drive (which, admittedly, will be a while still). While there are ITX AM4 motherboards out there with dual m.2 slots, a motherboard upgrade to add an SSD seems like overkill - I'd rather spend $50 on an enclosure like this than $200 on a new motherboard.
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