thunderbolt enclosure for €58 is this a great deal or am I missing something?


macrumors 65816
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Oct 26, 2012
keep thinking about getting an external SSD for my 2017 imac for booting up, but always expensive compared to usb 3.

then I saw this.

Thunderbolt 3 SSD Enclosure, WAVLINK Type-C Thunderbolt 3 NVMe PCIe M Key M.2 SSD External Enclosure, 50CM Thunderbolt 3 Pigtail Cable


Wavlink Type-C Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe SSD Classic
The Thunderbolt™ 3 NVMe SSD Enclosure is designed with unique Leather chassis effect and user-friendly installation. It provides data transfer speed up to 6-7 times faster than SATA due to its NVMe spec (PCIe Gen3 x4lanes), and can transfer a 4K movie within seconds. The product is popular among Thunderbolt™ 3 systems users, Macbook enthusiasts for example. It isalso a great solution for gamers to load and boost game in a blink.

NVMe SSD can be installed
1. NVMe SSD thickness below 2.5mm.( Design for single sided NVMe SSD Only).

NVMe SSD can NOT be installed
1. NVMe SSD thickness OVER 2.5mm. ( components on a double layer PCB).
2. NVMe SSD combined with heat-sink can not be assembled.

System Requirement:
1. Only compatible with Thunderbolt™ 3 computers
2. Compatibility with Windows and MacOS

Working Standards:
Laptop or Desktop with Thunderbolt™ 3 system

- Thunderbolt 3 NVMe M Key m.2 SSD enclosure, Support PCI-Ex4, Theoretical transmission speed up to 40Gb/s (MAX). Test data(Samsung 970 Evo 250G: Lenovo Thinkpad T470 (x2) read: 1400+ MB/s, write: 1500+ MB/s; Macbook pro 2018 (x4) read: 2700+ MB/s, write: 1500+ MB/s. Not all Thunderbolt 3 computers are x4 full speed, part of which maybe x2.
- Only NVMe M.2 M-Key SSD is supported. (B-Key M.2 SSD based on SATA and PCI-E M.2 SSD based on AHCI are not supported)
on I know it all comes from china, but is there anything obviously wrong with getting this and sticking an internal SSD in it?


macrumors 68000
Jun 30, 2007
I purchased an inexpensive multidisk enclosure and had a lot of problems with it. Disks kept ejecting for no obvious reason.

Purchased a more expensive one from a highly regarded manufacturer and have had no problems. You also likely get better support/repair/replace options.

So you are taking a chance on their firmware and hardware.
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