The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini is a bus-powered external SSD hard drive. The bus essentially means that the USB port supplies the power to the drive rather than it requiring an external power source.
The drive itself is a nice design reminiscent of the all-metal G-Technology drives. In this case, the enclosure acts as cooling for the internal drive, and there are no fans, which makes this a good quiet drive choice for video editing.
In this review, I’m looking at the 1TB SSD version, but check out the OWC site, as there’s a range of options from the bare case for just over $40 to a 4TB version for $899.
The enclosure is solid enough and offers a full metal build. The case is designed to draw heat away from the enclosed hard drive, which helps to keep the drive cool and ensures consistent performance when the drive is put under stress.
The only port on the drive is the USB Type-C on the back, and a blue LED light on the front shows the main status of the drive. It’s simple, but really, that’s all it needs to be.
When it comes to the overall build quality of the drive, the all-metal design should promote high quality, but there is something a little bit cheap about the case, and when you squeeze the drive, you can see the case flex.
This doesn’t in any way detract from the performance or the build quality; it’s just not what I would usually expect from OWC. However, inside is one of OWC’s 1TB SSD drives, and as ever, this is about as high quality a storage option as you can get. While I might not be 100% sold on the case, quality plugging the drive-in shows the full potential.