|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 2.0|
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- Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
- Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB
- Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting
- Supports SATA I and II
- Hard drive not included
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Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure
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It is a real shame, Vantec has made some really high quality products in the past. This does not seem to be one of them. When I initially opened the box, I thought it was missing the caddy part but, from what I can tell now, this model just may not come with one.
The packaging is pretty.
In the box:
-- Aluminum case
-- thin piece of plastic
-- end plate with micro USB 3.0 connector and LED
-- micro USB 3.0 cable
-- "instruction" sheet
-- small phillips head screwdriver (properly sized for the screws)
-- 4 screws
-- carry pouch
However, the enclosure I received couldn't be more different than what I expected. It came beautifully packaged in a box with a nice little manual (with pictures and clear English), a carrying pouch, USB cable, installation screws, and even a screwdriver! As other reviews have mentioned, the included cable is a y-cable to allow a high-speed drive to draw power from 2 USB ports if necessary. This is the kind of thoughtful packaging you expect from high-end consumer electronics, not a cheap one-time-use drive enclosure. The enclosure itself is solid aluminum and just barely bigger than the 2.5" drives it's designed for. It has a sleek, simple design and flawless construction -- there's no flex to it at all and not a single rough edge.
After (easily) installing the drive within the enclosure, there's still no feel of flexing, and shaking the apparatus gently produces no noise or sense of movement. All seems very snug and secure (there's a padded foam cushion inside one end of the enclosure to help with this).
When I turned it on, the drive loaded up flawlessly. There was a small vibration noise, but considerably less than you would expect from (for example) a hard drive fan in a PC case. The enclosure became warm to the touch over time, but not hot, which I took as a sign that the aluminum was conducting heat away as desired.
All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with this enclosure, especially given the low price. I don't remember the last time I was so pleasantly surprised by an electronics purchase.
I now have five of these in service in my studio and lab. They remain reliable and fast when using eSATA. However, I have been getting comparable, or even better, performance with USB 3.0 (over 250 MBps sustained write speeds, for mostly sequential files of over 30GB from SSD to SSD) from most of my newer computers. So, while the eSATA connection is imperative in my old studio shuttle, I now use USB 3.0 for most work with these on hewer hardware.
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Read/write speeds are good. Using a Samsung 850 Pro SSD in the enclosure, connected to my PC via USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, I am getting nearly the same sequential read speeds as an identical internal drive accessed via the PC's internal bus. Sequential write speeds are maybe just 10% less than the internal SSD drive. Random read/write speeds were reported as only around half the PC's internal SSD speed though. Connecting to a PC using a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port was found to be 20% quicker than a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, as might be expected with that connectors increased bandwidth.
All-in-all I'm happy with this enclosure. It might seem harsh but I'm inclined to knock a star off for the inconvenience of losing the rubber feet if you try to swap the installed drive out. That said I can recommend this a good quality, well built enclosure.