239a Akitio Combines USB 3.0 with FireWire 800 in Latest HDD Enclosure

Akitio announced its newest enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA hard drives and solid state drives, the Neutrino U3+. The enclosure features an all-aluminum body that doubles up as a heatsink, and a combination of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces.

Akitio announced its newest enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA hard drives and solid state drives, the Neutrino U3+. The enclosure features an all-aluminum body that doubles up as a heatsink, and a combination of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces. The enclosure is designed for desks, not exactly pockets.

240a Akitio Combines USB 3.0 with FireWire 800 in Latest HDD Enclosure

The Neutrino U3+ provides fast interface options for both Mac and PC users, with FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 backwards-compatible), and USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backwards-compatible). The enclosure draws power from an external power adapter, if connected to the host by FireWire. It can enclosure HDDs and SSDs in the 2.5-inch SATA form-factor, with up to 12.5 mm thickness (which is standard). Its controller supports drives with capacities up to 1 TB. 

240b Akitio Combines USB 3.0 with FireWire 800 in Latest HDD Enclosure

Its rear panel consists of a USB 3.0 micro type-B connector, a pair of FireWire 800 connectors (can daisy-chain), DC power input, and a hard power switch. The body is mostly made of a thick sheet of aluminum, the bottom portion of which is ridged, where heat dissipation takes place. The enclosure, thus is completely fan-less. The body doubles up as the drive's heatsink. It is also designed to be stackable with other enclosures of its kind. 

240c Akitio Combines USB 3.0 with FireWire 800 in Latest HDD Enclosure

Available soon, the Neutrino U3+ from Akitio will be priced at US $79.