Packaging and Contents
The Enermax ECR501 comes in a simple but elegant black box with full color product pictures and diagrams on a semi-gloss finish showing various product features on the front. Features like the card reader being in USB 3.0 bandwidth, the information about the USB power of the ports and about how you can mount hard drives to the frame of the card reader are all in bold at the bottom of the box in bright yellow ovals in order to stand out more. On the back it list's the features and specifications in English, German, French and Chinese. The design of the packaging is noticeable enough to stand out on the shelves of your favorite retailer that is near you.
When you first remove the Enermax ECR501 it is hard to tell what sets it apart from other card readers available. It is made of plastic with a matte black coating. However, when you take a bit to examine the thick plastic casing, it has a professional look to it and it is fairly durable which doesn't flex. When you look at it from above you can see the circuit board and wiring, also visible is the two mounting locations for 2.5 inch drives and one 3.5 inch drive above them. This could come in hand if you have limited hard drive mounts in your case but have an open 5.25 drive bay.
To supply the additional power needed by the card reader, the ECR501 uses a 4-pin Molex connector. Although with as many parts of hardware using the SATA power, I am Glad that they went with Molex, since most users should have several free. The other wires at the back are one SATA, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 that you will have to plug into your motherboard. Enermax made these wires quite long, this was tested in a Corsair 800D chassis which is almost as big as my first apartment and there was wiring to spare. Overall, it was easy to connect to the headers then tuck the cables behind the motherboard tray.
Next we get to the business end, here you find all the card reader slots, eSATA and USB ports.
With the media card reader Enermax pulled out all the guns here equipping the ECR501 with MS, CF, SD, Micro SD, Extreme Digital Card reader and an M2 port ( not to be confused with M.2 ). All the sub-types of these cards are also supported by the reader. Also shown here is the single eSATA port that adds connectivity for your external drives that utilize eSATA.
The ECR501 Enermax features a Super Charge port that supplies up to 2.4 amps of supercharging power for your favorite devices. One USB 3.0 port and the card readers are also tied into the USB 3.0 connection to allow lightning quick transfer rates. The next 5 USB 2.0 ports are capable of supplying 1.5 amps to charge devices and peripherals.