Recently I have moved over to using a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for web publishing and photo editing. As I required storage space for this, I decided to look into ways where I could get faster data transfer from the single USB 3.0 connection it has. That is when I discovered about USB attached SCSI protocol or UASP for short, which allows for faster transfer of data to solid state drives (SSD) attached via USB 3.0 ports.
Looking into what is available, I found the Inateck FE2006 USB 3.0 UASP SSD enclosure on Amazon. This costs £15.99, which is a reasonable price consider what it promises – and so much cheaper than the Thunderbolt SSD adapter I bought for the iMac. I bought this with next day delivery and as it was through Amazon Prime, it came promptly.
I have to say that the casing is very light indeed but looks sturdy enough. There is a sponge pad to stick to the inside to prevent the 2.5″ hard drive it holds moving about. I placed my Samsung Evo 1TB SSD drive into this, and it fits nice and secure with no wobble inside.
Now the price and the construction are reasonable. But the more important question is – will it do the job? I have taken benchmarks of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 internal 128GB SSD drive and also of the Samsung Evo 1TB SSD drive in the Inateck FE2006 enclosure for comparison.
As you can see, the Surface Pro 3 internal drive does well in sequential read/write, 512K and the 4K QD32 benchmark tests. But the Inateck FE2006 does very well too, especially considering it is using USB 3.0 interface. That UASP technology is able to bring it to the next level and make it comparable to that achievable with Thunderbolt. And all for a very good price.
UASP technology works with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The Inateck FE2006 certainly works well and is very good value indeed; definitely an affordable way to fast storage. I’m very glad to have bought this, as it will serve me well for the storage of photos, as the Surface Pro 3 will be doing the photo processing and web publishing from now on.