Sharkoon this week introduced a new DIY kit that lets users build their own external storage device featuring a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with a USB Type-C connector. The new Quickstore One kit is based on ASMedia’s latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that can offer up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth. With that said, however, the enclosure is designed for SATA drives, so its external interface is considerably faster than its internal one.

The Sharkoon Quickstore One is the company’s third-generation USB 3.1 enclosure for external HDDs and SSDs. The chassis is made of brushed aluminum and plastic, it measures 130×83×16 mm and weighs 92.5 grams when not populated with a drive (once equipped, its weight will increase to 180 – 240 grams, depending on the storage device used). The Quickstore One can accommodate any 2.5” HDD or SSD that is up to 9.5 mm thick. In today’s realities, this means a hard drive with a capacity of up to 2 TB (note that such HDDs may be SMR-based and offer a rather low performance), or an SSD of up to 4 TB. A pre-formatted drive can be installed into the enclosure without using any tools.

The Quickstore One uses ASMedia’s ASM1542 USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that supports up to 10 Gb/s data transfer rate (up from 8 Gbps on the ASM1142). However, the installed drives interface with the ASM1542 using ASMedia’s ASM1351 USB 3.1-to-SATA bridge, which limits the raw bandwidth to 6 Gbps and reduces it further due to the overhead introduced by SATA’s 8b/10b encoding. This is still notably faster when compared to external storage solutions that rely on a USB 3.0 5 Gbps interface – the USB interface is no longer the bottleneck – but lower when compared to typical Thunderbolt 3 storage devices.

With a higher-end SATA SSD installed into Sharkoon’s Quickstore One enclosure, it is reasonable to expect 535 – 550 MB/s sequential read speeds, in line with internal SATA drives. Hard drives are considerably slower, their media to host transfer rate is 160 ~ 200 MB/s (on outer tracks), so their performance is not going to be capped anyhow by the interface.

The Sharkoon Quickstore One enclosures for 2.5” HDDs/SSDs with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface is available from select retailers in Europe for the recommended retail price of €24.99. While the device cannot take advantage of contemporary PCIe-based SSDs, if you happen to have a 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD that you would like to use with a new laptop that only has USB-C connectors, Sharkoon’s Quickstore One is a relatively cheap an easy way to do it.

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  • redrobbin3 - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    its a big deal Reply
  • mooninite - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    If it runs solely off USB-C power this is an improvement. ORICO makes a 3.5" enclosure using a VIA chipset that does USB 3.1 gen 2 and it works great, but it uses external power. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - link

    This product is for 2.5". Orico's 2.5" alsi doesn't need external power.

    I don't know why they still need external power as 3.1 gen 2 has adequate spec to power up 3.5". Maybe for backward compatibility?
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  • WinterCharm - Monday, January 22, 2018 - link

    Yeah, that's precisely why. Backward compatibility. Reply
  • OFelix - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    I'd love to see a group test of this device against other solutions including fast USB memory sticks in the 64GB to 256GB capacity range. Reply
  • OFelix - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    I now want a motherboard with multiple USB 3.1 Gen2 connections so that all my disks can be external. Here's hoping the the successor to the Z370 chipset will provide this. Reply
  • HugeVibes - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - link

    Z390 integrates USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 controllers in to the chipset, so there's no need to hope Reply
  • HugeVibes - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - link

    I meant USB 3.1 g2, not -C lol Reply
  • grant3 - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    I got a functionally identical NeckTek enclosure for $13 months ago. Just put in the drive and go.
    What is supposed to make this Sharkoon one so special?
    Is this just paid advertising or is AT not able to write up real news any more
    Reply
  • haukionkannel - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - link

    There has been funktionally identical external enclosures tens of years. So that is not the point. This one a review of one possible solutions. One with USB 3.1 gen2. Most I. The market at thi moment Are 3.0 or 3.1 gen1. So this review has its purpose.
    There Are hundreds of external enclosurers, so not like to see article that compares them all.
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