External storage as we all know is a quick and cost effective solution to boosting the storage capacity of any system, especially small form factor systems, games consoles and laptops. On the market there is a whole array of solutions available from the likes of Akasa, Icy Dock and Silverstone, to name but a few. On top of the mainstream manufacturers however there is an array of cheaper solutions that don’t quite cut the mustard when it comes to giving the same performance that they get from the drive, and quite often you’ll see these enclosures at a cheaper price than those that not only look good, such as the Integral S we have here today, but perform as they say on the tin.
Akasa is one such company that falls into the quality group and this lies not only with their enclosures, but also with their cooling solutions, cases, power supplies and cables. Some people out there may not know of Akasa, and to some that have heard of them, they seem to be a bit of a dark horse, but this is because they don’t just serve the consumer segment of the market. A number of their products find their way into the electronics industry along other paths such as OE and contract manufacturing, so this could mean that without knowing, you’ve used something in the past of even now that has a little bit of Akasa inside it.
I’ve personally used a variety of their products across the years, including a notebook cooler that was purchased nearly 10 years ago and works just as well as the day I bought it, which is an impressive feat, especially considering its been running 24/7 for most of that time – that goes to show that their products are more well built than meets the eye. Hopefully the Integral S steps upto the same mark and theres only one way to find out, lets get on and delve into the Inegral S 3.5″ external USB3.0 drive enclosure.