Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

Review: Orico USB-C enclosure for harddrives or SSDs

So today we have the Orico 2598C3 enclosure under review. Orico is a Chinese company that also produces for other brands. Its main thing going for it, is that it’s cheap! And if the purpose is right and quality doesn’t suffer too much, we really like cheap here at USB-C.Today headquarters.

So let’s have a look at this enclosure.

The packaging is made from carton, and not meant to keep the enclosure in. Inside the packaging, you can find an USB-A-to-C

Orico enclosure with Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250G

cable. No USB-C-to-C cable is included.


It’s a pretty sturdy aluminum enclosure. Although it claims to be made from aluminum, it’s actually not all that light. Empty, we measured 8.4 ounces / 237 g. Opening the enclosure is a breeze, just push back the little sliding button. Closing is another matter. After futzing around for a couple of minutes, the only way to close the hatch is to press downwards upon that sliding button. If it’s closed, it stays closed though: the plastic is actually pretty robust.

As for the insides, the chipset used is the ASMedia ASM1153E chipset. This chipset bridges between USB 3.0 and SATA III. It’s a somewhat older chipset, but it’s not bad and supports UASP. Some background about UASP can be found on the StarTech blog.

We put a 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD in the enclosure, formatted it as HFS+ and hooked it up to a 2016 MacBook Pro. Then we ran the AmorphousDiskMark benchmark with the result displayed at the right. Plenty fast, in our opinion.

Our conclusion is that this enclosure is robust and fast. Swapping drives is annoying because the enclosure doesn’t easily close, but if you don’t switch drives all too often then it’s a decent buy: just 15 bucks as of this writing.

Amazon link, available in silver and black

Orico also has an official store on AliExpress: product link

Does not come with a USB-C-to-C cable, check out our cables section for that.