A Compact and Sleek M.2 2230 SSD CaseThe best M.2 SSDs are incredibly useful, but a compact and sleek M.2 2230 SSD case has caught our attention, as it’s specifically designed to accommodate the smaller M.2 2230 form factor drives. While M.2 2280 SSD cases are easy to find, the compact 2230 cases are considerably harder to come by, and they’re certainly handy if you want to repurpose spare M.2 sticks or create a portable SSD.
While we’ve featured some great gaming PC accessories here before, external M.2 enclosures are a great way to boost the storage of your portable device, whether that be a gaming laptop or Nintendo Switch. Naturally, you’ll want to consider the M.2 key interface supported and the interface and transfer speeds when purchasing an external M.2 enclosure, but it looks like this one checks all the boxes.
This M.2 2230 case supports the M-key interface and offers USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector for fast transfers. Its aluminum alloy construction gives it a nice premium look, and the magnetic removable cap gives it an aesthetically pleasing touch.
The device has a compact size of 40 x 40 x 8mm and weighs 25 grams, and it comes with an activity LED and support for safe eject and hibernation auto-power off. The case is compatible with both Windows and Linux systems without requiring a driver.
You can pick up the M.2 case on eBay US for $16.43 (£17.45) including shipping, from a Chinese distributor. It’s priced at ¥2480 in Japan, which works out to approximately $17.
While we haven’t tested the device ourselves, it has received positive feedback from users, with one even saying that it’s “the fastest M.2 drive enclosure I’ve seen.” Of course, it’s important to note that the seller is a Chinese distributor, and the price includes shipping.
As for other M.2 accessories, we’ve covered the best M.2 expansion cards, as well as the best M.2 SSDs for gaming, which includes higher capacity 2230 drives like the Asus ROG Strix Hero II. As PC gaming handhelds like the Steam Deck or ROG Ally become more popular, the demand for M.2 2230 drives is sure to grow, especially as higher capacity versions become more common in gaming laptops. You can check out a recent roundup for the best M.2 2230 drives in the market right now.