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Posted January 31, 2009 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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by Jake
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A Closer Look

The NA enclosure definitely has an Eastern aesthetic, looking rather sedate and tranquil quite frankly. It is a significant departure from the flashy drive enclosures we often see, sporting a completely white finish. The white may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it certainly does look very sharp. Besides its Eastern look, the NA has a ceramic plate for the top part of the enclosure. I must admit that I have mixed feelings for this, as it looks gorgeous but if you accidently drop it (or drop anything on it), it will most likely break.

The funny thing is that if you didn’t know the NA was a drive enclosure, someone might think it were a piece of accent furniture or decoration. Seriously, the NA looks that good. And the porcelain top is hand made! Talk about attention to quality and detail; In Win has done an outstanding job here. Fitting with the overall theme, there aren’t any frills, you get a single power button and that’s about it. Because the enclosure has somewhat of a glossy finish, it will show fingerprints easily, though the white isn’t nearly as bad as a black finish. If I was to describe this enclosure in one word, I?d say it was ?contemporary? or "minimalist".

Unfortunately the lid can’t be secured to the housing itself, potentially posing a problem with accidentally moving it or breaking it as mentioned. Removing the lid, we see the drive retention mechanism. Removal requires a few screws to come out and a simple tug of the strap on the cage.

Opening is an extremely easy procedure, firstly, unscrew the three screws on the top of the chassis, and then pull it up, using the handle built in. The whole process takes less than 20 seconds.

Installing the drive is as simple as opening it up. Simply slide the drive in, screw in the four side screws with the noise dampening attachments, and drop back into the enclosure. Again, it is another job which takes less than 20 seconds to do.

Let’s move on to the testing.

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