M.2 SSDs have gained a lot of traction over the past 12 to 18 months. Their size has made them very popular with small form factor devices such as ultraportable notebooks. Now you can also use them in external USB-C enclosures giving you significantly more storage capacity than traditional USB thumb drives.
The latest of these M.2 external enclosures is SilverStone’s MS10. The SilverStone MS10 (SST-MS10C) is an aluminium enclosure measuring 104mm × 35mm × 11mm and features a USB Type-C connector. The MS10 uses JMicron’s JMS580 controller which provides USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity speeds up to 10Gbps. It’s also backward compatible with USB 3.0/2.0 /1.1. One thing to note, the MS10 is designed for B Key SATA Type M.2 SSDs (2242/2260/2280) only. PCIe based drives such as AHCI or NVMe will not work.
Stylish Form, Attractive Function
What’s immediately striking about the SilverStone MS10 SSD enclosure is its appearance. The brushed aluminium enclosure features a minimalist design and a slim form factor. If you need your external storage on the go, this enclosure will certainly keep the physical drive adequately protected.
A neat switch on the enclosure provides write protection by mounting the drive as read-only. While it took us back to the 3.5” floppy days, this is a great feature if you share the drive around and don’t want to risk data corruption or want to maintain version control.
Unsurprisingly, the SilverStone MS10 can work easily with a wide range of devices. Whether you’re using Windows or Mac, this item will be able to help. It also works well with newer laptops with the USB Type-C connector. If you are going to be using an older machine, just be aware that the MS10 comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable only.
For those looking for an external M.2 SSD to call their own, it’s worth investing in the SilverStone MS10. While its inability to work with the faster NVMe SSDs is a noticeable drawback, its other features more than make up for that. The MS10 has an rrp of AUD$35.