Best Portable M.2 NVME SSD Enclosures And Buying Guide

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M.2 NVME SSD Enclosures are starting to appear and are great in case you want to transform your M.2 NVME SSD into a portable one or in case you had an issue with the laptop or PC and you need to recover the data from it. Lately, some interesting devices have appeared and I decided to have a top with the best ones so you choose the perfect one for your needs. First I will start with the most important aspects that need to be taken into consideration when buying an M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure so you can make an educated decision.

What To Check When Buying a Portable M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure

Format support

There are multiple formats when it comes to M.2 NVME and you need to choose one that meets your need or why note that has all formats. The formats existing are 2242 / 2260 / 2280 /22110 and they are referring mostly on the size of the SSD.

Transfer speed

You have an NVME SSD because it has more speed than the others, not only the sequential read and writes speeds are important but also the random read and writes sped are what is important. You need to choose one which has the best combination. No worries the SSD in the article will have this details.

Case  & Design

Having a nice case means that it will look great but also the case has to be able to protect and have the heat dissipated. This is another thing to keep in mind when choosing the perfect NVME SSD enclosure.

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Price 

Why pay a lot when you can buy one that meets all the points at a decent price. Some of them are double the price in the conditions that they don’t bring a lot of extras.

Connectivity

Connectivity of the case to your PC or laptop is also important as it is impacting transfer performance and compatibility with other devices. Most of them are USB 3.1 Gen 2 which is having the performance and compatibility checked.

Best Portable M.2 NVME SSD Enclosures

Now as you know what are the most important aspects to look for when buying an M.2 NVME SSD enclosure let’s dig in the best ones that currently exist on the market:

Title
Best Value
MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure
ACASIS M.2 NVME Enclosure
Best Performance
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure
Generic M.2 NVME Enclosure
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MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 M.2 PCI Express SSD External Enclosure Adapter w/USB-C USB-A Cables...
Acasis Hard Drive Enclosures,NVMe Enclosure PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Box,Type-C USB 3.1 NVME Solid State Hard Disk...
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure, Based on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCIe Gen 3 x2 Bridge chip, Include 2 USB Cables,...
BlastCase M.2 Nvme to USB3.1 Type-C Gen2 10Gbps Enclosure M.2 Pci-E SSD Hard Disk External Drive Box M.2 M-Key...
Formats
2242 / 2260 / 2280
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
Performance
Read/Write: 942/981 MB
Read/Write: 920/800 MB
Read/Write: 970/970 MB
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Price
$39.99
$49.89
from $99.99
from $96.66
Rating
Best Value
Title
MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure
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MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 M.2 PCI Express SSD External Enclosure Adapter w/USB-C USB-A Cables...
Formats
2242 / 2260 / 2280
Performance
Read/Write: 942/981 MB
Price
$39.99
Rating
Title
ACASIS M.2 NVME Enclosure
Picture
Acasis Hard Drive Enclosures,NVMe Enclosure PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Box,Type-C USB 3.1 NVME Solid State Hard Disk...
Formats
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
Performance
Read/Write: 920/800 MB
Price
$49.89
Rating
Best Performance
Title
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure
Picture
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure, Based on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCIe Gen 3 x2 Bridge chip, Include 2 USB Cables,...
Formats
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
Performance
Read/Write: 970/970 MB
Price
from $99.99
Rating
Title
Generic M.2 NVME Enclosure
Picture
BlastCase M.2 Nvme to USB3.1 Type-C Gen2 10Gbps Enclosure M.2 Pci-E SSD Hard Disk External Drive Box M.2 M-Key...
Formats
2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230
Performance
-
Price
from $96.66
Rating
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1. MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

Is a good enclosure that is offering nice design, good speed, and decent price. The complete review can be checked here:  MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review

Buying checklist:

  • Supported formats: 2242 / 2260 / 2280 NVMe PCIe M.2 M SSDs up to 2TB
  • Transfer Speed: Read/Write: 942/981 MB, Random Read/Write: 180/180 MB
  • Case & Design: Aluminium black with heat dispersal
  • Price: 40$
  • Connectivity: Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen2

The case is number 1 because is meeting everything in the checklist.

MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 M.2 PCI Express SSD External Enclosure Adapter w/USB-C USB-A Cables...
29 Reviews
MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 M.2 PCI Express SSD External Enclosure Adapter w/USB-C USB-A Cables...
  • Supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280 NVMe PCIe M.2 M SSDs up to 2TB
  • Supports high (double-sided) and low (single-sided) profile form factors

2. ACASIS M.2 NVME Enclosure

ACASIS M.2 NVME Enclosure

Is a great case as a good price, no issue except is a little expensive than the other one. You can check the full review here: ACASIS M.2 NVME Enclosure Review

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Buying checklist:

  • Supported formats: 2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230 NVMe PCIe M.2 M SSDs
  • Transfer Speed: Read/Write: 920/800 MB, Random Read/Write: 198/198 MB
  • Case & Design: Aluminium with heat dispersal
  • Price: 50$
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen2
Acasis Hard Drive Enclosures,NVMe Enclosure PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Box,Type-C USB 3.1 NVME Solid State Hard Disk...
40 Reviews
Acasis Hard Drive Enclosures,NVMe Enclosure PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Box,Type-C USB 3.1 NVME Solid State Hard Disk...
  • NVME Enclosure, Based on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCIe Gen 3 x2 Bridge chip,...
  • NVMe Enclosure --> The adapter adopts the latest chipset of USB3.1 Gen2 to PCIe Gen3...

3.SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure

SHINESTAR-Enclosure

Is a nice looking one with an aluminum case with a lot off formats supported, the speed is also quite good, only if would have a lower price.

Buying checklist:

  • Supported formats: 2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230 NVMe PCIe M.2 M SSDs
  • Transfer Speed: Read/Write: 970/970 MB
  • Case & Design: Aluminium Black with heat dispersor and led
  • Price: 75$
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen2
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure, Based on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCIe Gen 3 x2 Bridge chip, Include 2 USB Cables,...
8 Reviews
SHINESTAR NVME Enclosure, Based on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCIe Gen 3 x2 Bridge chip, Include 2 USB Cables,...
  • M.2 NVME SSD (key M) to USB 3.1 Enclosure, A perfect solution to data transfer or...
  • Super fast read & write up to 900+ Mb/s. Nearly 2X as fast as traditional SATA SSDs

4. Generic M.2 NVME to USB3.1 Type-C GEN2 10GBPS Enclosure 

BlastCase M.2 Nvme to USB3.1 Type-C Gen2 10Gbps Enclosure M.2 Pci-E SSD Hard Disk External Drive Box M.2 M-Key...

 

It comes with a small form factor which looks nice.

Buying checklist:

  • Supported formats: 2280 / 2260 / 2242 / 2230 NVMe PCIe M.2 M SSDs
  • Transfer Speed: –
  • Case & Design: Aluminium Black
  • Price: 79$
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen2
BlastCase M.2 Nvme to USB3.1 Type-C Gen2 10Gbps Enclosure M.2 Pci-E SSD Hard Disk External Drive Box M.2 M-Key...
8 Reviews
BlastCase M.2 Nvme to USB3.1 Type-C Gen2 10Gbps Enclosure M.2 Pci-E SSD Hard Disk External Drive Box M.2 M-Key...
  • Adopt JMS583 master chip,true USB3.1 GEN2 transmission.
  • Aluminum alloy shell,strong and durable,strong heat dissipation.

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