Thermaltake Muse LAN disk (NAS) enclosure
Posted on: 31.07.2006 01:00:00

The first thing to be removed from the box is the enclosure itself, this comes with a manual a install disk and a stand for placing in the upright position.

The other box contained the necessary wire and such for the device, let us remove them and see what we have shall we.

Well we have a power pack and a USB 2.0 cable included, I am a bit disappointed there was not a network cable included in the package as it is highly likely that you the end user wont have a spare one lying around.

The first thing you really spot with the device itself is the sheer size, it is the largest external enclosure for a single drive I have come across, donít get me wrong, it is not massive, but compared to most other normal enclosures it is on the large side. (put a cd up to your current enclosure if you have one to give you a rough idea)

The front is were all 3 lights are, the 2 to the left are for network activity and the one to the right is the USB activity light.

The rear of the device is were the enclosures connections are with (as mentioned earlier) a USB port included, there are also some vents here that should help with the cooling of any device placed inside.

On the side of the enclosure is a HDD usage indicator in an old analogue type sound meter style, I quite like this instead of the normal LED lights so commonly used today. Let us get the muse Landisk open and† take a look inside.

To open this was the most easiest experiences I have ever had with an enclosure just push the button in picture above and then lift the side, simple yet effective.

Once the enclosure is open it is quite easy to see why it is quite large with the Lan/USB and power connector board taking up almost all of the width of this device. Let us take a look closer

As I mentioned before this is a screw less design, the hard drive placement is the four mounts with rubber grommets. The Hard drive is placed on hear then the lid closed

As you can see as well as the HDD use meter there is a massive piece of rubber on the lid so that the hard drive is pushed down against the poles tightly, in theory this is a good way of doing it, but will it work in practice? Let us move on and find out.

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