VisionTek Wallet Drive – Review

VisionTek Leather Wallet Drive
By: VisionTek

Price: $19.99 US
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Portable USB 3.0 2.5” Drive Leather Enclosure with Built-In USB Cable For PCs and Macs.

The VisionTek Wallet Drive is a 4.72” D x 3.14” W x .78” H leather wallet enclosure with an integral 7” USB 3.0 cable. It is designed to accept any 2.5” SATA hard disk or SSD and turn it into a pocket drive.

The internal fixing has a screwless snap-in design so you can easily insert (or remove) a drive without tools. There is a small blue LED that shows solid for power and flickers during drive activity just like almost any other drive. The whole enclosure is bus powered and so needs no extra cables or power supply.

Being USB 3.0 it is pretty fast and backwards compatible with USB 2 at a slower transfer rate. The only caveat is that VisionTek say certain drives may require USB 3.0.

The wallet comes with a cut to size high density foam pad that protects the inside of the wallet from scuffing from the drive surface and  serves as packing if you insert an ultra thin 7mm height drive. Even with a 9.5mm mechanical hard disk inserted the complete package weighs only 4 ounces.

Open wallet showing drive, cable, packing and clasp.
Open wallet showing drive, cable, packing and clasp.

The wallet is manufactured in what feels to be a good quality black leather with a fold over magnetic closure that also holds the flat USB cable in place. The magnetic clasp has a good solid connection and is not prone to coming undone. The flat 7” USB cable is integral and is of a good sturdy weight and feels like it will stand up to a few years of use. My one concern is that, being integral, if the cable was to suffer damage then the whole enclosure would be compromised.

The snap in screwless tray is very simple to use and holds the inserted drive firmly and it feels secure and stable. Removing the drive can take a little more care but is still simple and easy.

The push in SATA connector  and the flat cable
The push in SATA connector and the flat cable

There is not a vast amount more to say about The VisionTek Wallet Drive. It is never going to look as slick as a dedicated pocket drive, but if you have old useable 2.5” drives around it is a good solution. It is also a handy “diagnostic” tool if you have a need to test removed 2.5” drives on site.

Overall

This is a well made item designed to fulfill a particular niche and it does it very well.

I give the VisionTek Wallet Drive a MyMac.com review rating of 7 out of 10.

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About Simon Parnell

Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk.

Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits.

I am British, and now the “wrong” side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children.

I started working in a design studio in the early 80’s back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000… eek!).

Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of “DTP” applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the “big guns” so DTP can be accessible to everybody!

For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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