The SM2NGFFMBU33 external USB 3.0 to M.2 (NGFF) enclosure turns your SATA M.2 solid state drive into a portable, high speed USB 3.0 drive.
Get higher external performance by using an M.2 SSD in place of a platter drive, harnessing the full potential of your USB 3.0 computer system. The enclosure supports UASP, enabling you to achieve transfer speeds up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-enabled host computer.
This slim, pocket-sized SSD enclosure has been specifically engineered for mobility. The enclosure features a lightweight yet durable design, which fits easily into your pocket or laptop bag. For further convenience, the enclosure is powered entirely using the USB host bus and requires no external power adapter.
Durable aluminum construction helps to ensure your drive wont be damaged while youre on the move. Plus, to maximize heat dissipation the enclosure features specially engineered ventilation holes which help maintain a cooler operating environment for optimal performance and a longer life span for your drive.
For wide compatibility with all of the common M.2 solid state drives, the enclosure can mount multiple drive heights including: 2242, 2260, and 2280.
The M.2 enclosure is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
Improved Performance with UASP
UASP is supported in Windows 8, Mac OSX (10.8 or above), and Linux. In testing UASP performs with a 70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.
At the same peak in testing UASP also shows an 80% reduction in required processor resources.
Testing results were obtained using an Intel Ivy Bridge system, a UASP enabled StarTech.com Enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.
And contrary to other reviews, I've been able to use it for work (I edit videos) and it works well, but slight slower than an internal SSD I will keep it once is a good way to have a fast drive to work between different systems.
I've only used (needed) this once, but it worked great, plug-n-play setup, and VERY fast on USB 3.
Getting full read/write speeds AND it's one of the only enclosures to support TRIM, no longer do I have to deal with speed degradation due to other enclosures not supporting it.
I recently needed to upgrade a machine which had a 128gb M.2 to a larger model-- and a device like this is the only way to do it, as very few motherboards come with more than one M.2 connector.This was super easy to set up, got the job done quickly, and was a pleasure to use.
The included “standoff” is just a screw and bolt and did not work very well and was a pain to install.
Connector is awful and pulls enough current that it only operates on a few devices.
Amazon recommended this to go with the Samsung 960EVO drive, as we were intending it to be an external drive.
This device doesn't work with the 960EVO.
Does not work with Samsung 970EVO NVME PCIE SSD.
I've tried this enclosure with 4 different M.2 drives and was unable to mount any of them with the enclosure.