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Rosewill RX81-CW-US-SLV eSATA/USB 3.5" Drive Enclosure
Author: Jason Kohrs
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Rosewill RX81-CW-US-SLV eSATA/USB 3.5
February 05, 2008

The Rosewill brand name can be found on a wide variety of computer components, including over two dozen hard drive enclosures. They seem to have an enclosure for just about all common drive sizes and interfaces, with configurations to meet the needs of just about any user. This review is going to take a look at one of their newer models, the RX81-CW-US-SLV, an enclosure designed for a 3.5" SATA hard drive that connects via eSATA and USB 2.0.

The RX81-CW-US-SLV is shown in the promotional image above, and the first impression is a good one, as it has an attractive, understated appearance that would look good in just about any home or office setting. Before taking a look at the RX81-CW-US-SLV eSATA/USB 3.5" drive enclosure provided for review, let's take a look at some published data taken from the Rosewill website...


» Screw-less installation
» Support up to 1TB
» Plug and play hot swappable
» Excellent EMI shielding
» USB speed : 480Mbps (USB2.0)
» eSATA speed : 1.5Gbps (SATA I), 3Gbps( SATA II)
» Fully support eSATA Hot-Swap (if motherboard or controller support hot-swap function)
» Easily assembled with clip button on the sides
» Outstanding compatibility and high reliability


» Model: RX81-CW-US- SLV
» Color: Silver
» Hard Drive support: 3.5" SATA HDD (Support up to 1TB HDD)
» Material: Aluminum and Plastic
» Internal Interface: SATA
» External Interface: USB2.0 & SATA
» Stackable: Yes
» LED Display Color: Device Power - Blue
» Power Source: 34W AC Adaptor
» AC input: 100~240V (47Hz-63Hz)
» DC output: 5V/2A,12V/2A
» OS Requirement: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Linux, Mac OS 8.6
» Regulatory Certifications: CE,FCC, ROHS
» Warranty: 1 Year


The packaging for the Rosewill RX-358-S-SLV is much like other Rosewill products I have looked at. The black box provides images of the unit, a list of the basic features, and it indicates that in addition to the silver model provided for review, a black version is also available.

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