VIZO Luxon & Arius EX
Both units had their ups and their downs. The Luxon is quite possibly the best looking external drive I’ve yet seen, and the handiness of the Arius EX can’t be matched. The Luxon had a rather annoying install, but since it’s an external drive, this isn’t something you’ll be doing much and it isn’t a serious concern at all. The Arius EX is simply incredible, no ifs ands or buts about it. The ability to backup your data, and switch hard drives very quickly and easily is not something to pass up.
The only concern I’d have at this point is that of the expected SATA III and USB 3.0 releases, which will outdate these units, forcing them to be used only with hardware out now or out soon. This likely isn’t too much of a concern for most consumers and these new technologies will take awhile to become mainstream, and the price here isn’t any hindrance either. With the price tag of approximately $60 USD, the Luxon sits in the upper range for drive enclosures. It is a premium product with a premium price, but that does limit its appeal to a certain market segment of consumer who may be looking for greater affordability. The Arius EX comes with a price around $30 USD, it offers good value for what you get in return, especially in terms of usability, and offers consumers something unique for their data storage needs as well.
If you are a regular person who just needs to backup his data, the Luxon ED Advanced is the drive for you. If you’re an enthusiast, or if you spend a lot of time switching out hard drives as I do (and you don’t need to take them anywhere), then you’ll definitely want to go for the Arius EX.
VIZO Arius EX
Thanks go to VIZO for providing the Luxon and Arius for this review.