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UGREEN M.2 M-Key SSD External Enclosure Review

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

Choosing the perfect external enclosure for a solid-state drive (SSD) can be difficult because there are so many options, here comes the UGREEN M.2 M-Key SSD External Enclosure with a 2-in-1 connection option.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

In addition to supporting both M.2 SATA SSD and SATA protocols the UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure also supports up to four different sizes of M.2 SSDs, from the smallest 2230 to the largest 2280, making it an extremely versatile SSD enclosure.

Design and Features
The UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure comes in standard UGREEN packaging. Inside is the USB M.2 SSD Enclosure device with the user manual. The USB M.2 SSD Enclosure features a sleek aluminum shell design with two connecting plugs on both ends; one side features a Type-C connector and the other side features a standard USB A connector and it comes with protective caps, making it easy to plug into your computer or smartphone's USB ports.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

It has a single LED light for notifications, weighs just 57g, and is small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag. The USB M.2 SSD Enclosure can be opened easily by pressing the lock button and gently pulling the other to open the chassis.

The Enclosure is compatible with SATA NGFF-based SSDs, including the 2280/2260/2260/2230 size, with a maximum capacity of 2TB. Inserting an SSD is simple; simply follow the connector into the slot and secure it with a locking clip, and its easy to hot-swap SSD.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

It's plug and play, which means there is no software to install or drivers to download, and it does not require extra power. Its compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux systems. Android smartphones with a type-C connector and OTG capability may also be used with the enclosure, which is helpful since you can easily back up the contents of your phone to the enclosure.

Performance
We tested the enclosure with a Seagate SATA M.2 SSD with a size of 2TB, which performs as predicted given the USB 3.1 Gen2 interface's maximum data transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, or in this case, 1GB/s. We did achieve a read speed of approximately 600–1060 MB/s and a write speed of approximately 1024–1032 MB/s, which is still rather fast in comparison to a standard USB stick.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

Additionally, we attempted to connect it to one of our Android smartphones equipped with OTG capability; but, the enclosure does not appear to be recognized.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure

Thanks to its short-circuit, over-current, and over-heat protection, the enclosure keeps the SATA SSD drives and files safe while also generating less heat than conventional aluminum casings. The SSD drive's health can be monitored using the S.M.A.R.T function included as a plus feature.

UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure Specs:

Portable M.2 SSD Case
Aluminum alloy design
M.2 Female to USB A/USB type-C Male
2TB SSD storage capacity
6Gbps transfer rate
USB A and USB type-C (2-in-1 plug)
ASM2362 Bridge Controller
Windows 10/8/7, Linux, Mac OS /10 support
57g

Pros
Compact Slim design
Good quality built
2-in-1 plug
Cable-Free
Easy to use

Cons
Does not support NVMe PCIe and M&B-Key M.2 SSD, M.2 PCIe AHCI SSD, mSATA SSD

Final Thoughts
If you are looking for a great way to use your SSD drives as an external drive, the UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure is one of the best options available on the market right now. It features a nice design with easy to install SATA NGFF-based SSDs, and file transfer is fast and reliable with compatibility for all types of desktop operating systems.

The UGREEN USB M.2 SSD Enclosure is available in Lazada for only ₱782.

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