Here's the spec:
76(W) x 16(H) x 29(D) mm
2.5”/3.5” SATA I/II/III SSD/HDD*
USB 3.0 Micro B
Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS 10.x and Linux
Link to Silverstone's product page for full details and technical specifications
On the back side we have just two connections, the USB 3.0 Micro B connector and a separate 12V DC power connector. The interesting thing about this product is that the supplied cable features both a USB 3.0 and a supplemental USB 2.0 connector on the opposite end. This will provide both the data and enough power to run not only SSD's but 2.5" hard drives too without external power. The only thing that will need an external power cable is 3.5" hard drives hence the 12V DC power cable not being supplied and the price being lower.
I would like to see this come with an extra option to have the cable too as the potential for the customer to make a mistake buying the extra cable is all too possible .
In making it fit the shape of the MS07 they have had to account for the extra silicone protection the case provides, adding a lip underneath the hard drive connections. This wont be an issue if you are just connecting an SSD to it but if you are going to use the EP02 for mechanical drives of any size, especially 3.5" drives, the extra weight puts undue stress on the connector not to mention causes the disk to spin at a slight angle which can lead to a shortening of the life of your HDD.
While the latter is fixable by levelling the drive out, unfortunately unless you hang your drive off the edge of your table or something, you will still be putting the connections under stress that could be avoided.
I believe this power issue was down to the EP02 needing constant maximum power throughput from the primary USB 3.0 connector regardless of if external DC12V power was being used or not and so I am at a stage where I can't provide an exact answer and will leave the decision up to the viewer on this one. Once the drive was working this became a non-issue.
It's only issue ties into it's greatest strength and that is that when not being used with the MS07, connecting a drive to this will leave it at sitting at an angle with the pressure on the connectors.
To conclude, I love the build quality and the versatility this product provides at such a cheap price. We have given it the value rating of 8 because it is great value for what it is but due to the design being based around the MS07 being integrated, it was left with a few faults when used alone and that left it a little worse off as a standalone product. IT was also great value again when coupled with the MS07 but not anything out of this world for us to give it a 10. For its cost independent rating we have given it a 7/10 for the sheer fact that even though it has some faults here and there, there really isn't any competition for it in the adaptor market with most other products being very very cheap and horrible leaving this product king of the hill.
Receiving a total of 15/20 the EP02 is very comfortably above par (10/20) and receives our BRONZE award.