Blueendless X3 Networked “HDD NAS Case” Runs Ubuntu on Marvell ARMADA 3720 SoC

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We’ve previously covered inexpensive Kimax’ Ethernet & WiFi HDD enclosures for 2.5″ SATA drives, powered by MediaTek processor and running OpenWrt. If you need something more powerful and versatile yet still affordable, the easiest way is now likely to go with SBC based solutions such as ODROID-HC1/HC2 or dual SATA NAS enclosure for RockPro64.

There may be another interesting option, as I’ve just been informed about another model of those networked HDD enclosure called Blueendless X3 “HDD NAS case” with Ethernet only (no WiFi), and that is equipped with the same Marvel ARMADA 3720 dual core Cortex-A53 processor as found in Marvell ESPRESSOBin board.

Blueendless X3 NAS HDD Case
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Blueendless X3 specifications:

  • SoC – Marvell ARMADA 3720 (88F3720) dual core Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.1 GHz
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash for OS, SATA 3.0 interface for 2.5″ drives based on ASMedia ASM1092R port multiplier
  • Networking – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 118 x 110 x 33 mm (Metal case)
Blueendless X3 2.5-inch HDD enclosure
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The enclosure support Windows, MAC, Android and iOS via “Xcloud” app, and ships with an Ethernet cable, a power supply and cord, and a user manual. The company claims a transfer rate of 60-70 MB/s over Gigabit Ethernet.

That’s about all we know from the public information available, but Gábor who tipped me about the HDD enclosure and owns one, told me “it’s hacker friendly, it has got a Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS running on it with SSH access, and the root password is root”. This is promising since users should be able to leverage ESPRESSOBin documentation, and modify the OS to fit their needs, and not necessarily have to use Xcloud app. If you plan to keep on using the default firmware, you’ll want to change that root password through.

Blueendless is apparently a brand from Kimax who made the previous enclosure we covered, and X3 (aka BS-X3) enclosure is currently sold on Aliexpress for $65.51 shipped, but I was told it was going for just $48 last week-end, so maybe the promotion will come back.

You can watch an unboxing and short review of Blueendless BS-X3 in the video below (Russian language).

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nice idea, but why the heck no 3.5″ bay.. and severely castrated the available interfaces


The ASMedia ASM1092R is not a SATA controller, the SoC has one built in, it’s a port multiplier. I guess this is how they also enable one USB 3.0 port.


Surely the transfer rate should be 60/70MBs not 60/70Mbs (the former being Megabytes, the latter Megabits?)


> Gábor who tipped me about the HDD enclosure and owns one

Can’t you ask Gábor whether he can have a look inside to hopefully spot the connectors for a 2nd drive (since why adding an ASM1092R if not for two SATA drives?) and whether he can share dmesg output of his device?

Gábor Hidvégi
Gábor Hidvégi

Hello there,

as Jean-Luc wrote, unfortunately I couldn’t disassemble the board. The dmesg output is quite strange as well, there are no hardware logs, only things connected to systemd like these:

[ 6.314758] systemd[1]: Starting udev Coldplug all Devices…
[ 6.331709] systemd[1]: user.slice changed dead -> active
[ 6.331743] systemd[1]: user.slice: Job user.slice/start finished, result=done
[ 6.331779] systemd[1]: Created slice User and Session Slice.
[ 6.351741] systemd[1]: changed dead -> active
[ 6.351772] systemd[1]: Job finished, result=done

It starts at 6 seconds. It must be some kind of dmesg setting, but couldn’t figure out it yet. Any tips are welcome.

What I was interested in is power consumption, which is 2 watts idle and 4 watts at full load – without a disk.

I’m not sure if the following is of any use (on the internal eMMC):

dd if=/dev/zero of=pr bs=1048576 count=1024
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 31.3747 s, 34.2 MB/s

It just feels much faster than microSD cards I use in other development boards (Sandisk Extreme A1 and A2) when compiling software.


Is the output from journalctl -k different?

Gábor Hidvégi
Gábor Hidvégi

It’s quite the same.


Might have to adjust the kernel loglevel values.