The 8 Best NVME External Enclosures

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. NVMe is the next big thing in PC storage, due to its incredible compactness and incredibly fast PCIe-based throughput, which far outstrips SATA-equipped drives. Now, thanks to ultra-high-speed standards, like USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3, as well as the highly convenient M.2 connector format, users can take advantage of this top-of-the-line flash memory in an external, fully portable configuration. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best nvme external enclosure on Amazon.

8. Sintech M2U3

7. OWC 4M2

6. GloTrends M2R

5. Netstor NA611TB3

4. QNine 1R32

3. CY Docking Adapter

2. Peng Mikosi

1. Sabrent EC

Editor's Notes

January 15, 2019: NVMe allows for incredibly fast data access, and most of the best enclosures use the USB 3.1 standard. You'll find some, like the Netstor, with two or more M.2 connectors, which allow you to run drives in RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD configurations. RAID 0 combines both drives and methodically splits data between them, vastly improving read and write times, while RAID 1 makes multiple copies of identical drives, so if one fails, your data won't be lost. JBOD, which might be our favorite computer acronym ever ("Just a Bunch Of Disks" — really!) simply combines all the drives into one larger drive, with no performance effects at all. Most consumers will be satisfied with the Sabrent, Peng, or QNine, while A/V professionals should strongly consider the CY, NetStor, or GloTrends.

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Last updated on January 16, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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