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Vantec NexStar3 SuperSpeed 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 and eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-280SU3-BK)
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- Supports ALL 2.5" Hard Drives (7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, SSD)
- Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB 1.1/2.0 or 3.0 & eSATA
- Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
- Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed
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Top Customer Reviews
1) The throughput is excellent when it works.
2) The chassis is solid and attractive looking.
3) Both USB3.0 and eSATA cables are included.
4) eSATA works reliably.
1) Instead of the typical USB A to B cable, or A to mini-B cable, or even a proprietary cable, this drive uses a highly nonstandard USB3.0 A to A cable (which, in fact, is a gross violation of USB specification). The drive enclosure has a female USB3.0 type-A plug, as though it were a host interface, though it's actually a peripheral interface. In addition to this allowing illogical and useless configurations that the A-to-B cabling scheme was intended to prevent (such as plugging a printer or a mouse into the hard drive), it also means I now have the included USB-A-to-A cable, which isn't supposed to exist, and allows dangerous configurations such a connecting two host USB ports together or two different PCs together, which could potentially damage the motherboards of the computers.
None of this actually prevents the device from working, and shouldn't be a problem for people with a rudimentary understanding of connecting computer peripherals (and know better than to do strange things with the A-to-A cable), but this strange and rightfully illegal configuration immediately calls into question the design forethought that went into the device.
2) This rare, special USB cable is both bulky and short. You could conceivably use it with a USB3.0 extension cable to overcome this.
3) The USB3.Read more ›
Please note that the above issue might be a bigger problem with SSDs as some of them are completely flat where some mechanical drives have a very slight elevation where the screws go in. The metal plate of the enclosure also has a slight elevation. However, I doubt that the total elevation even with a mechanical drive will be enough considering that I needed 4 layers of electrical tape (you might get away with 3 but then you have to shove it in).Read more ›
I had made a mistake purchasing a competitor's product. The mistake was accidentally throwing out the packaging because that product had very flimsy connectors and it broke. I have already written a review of that other product.
So comparing the Vantec against a competitor's (Ineo technology), I find this case was just as wide and just as long. This case was maybe a mm wider. I like how the case was designed. I did not have the problems other members like Mandryke reported. I did not have any problems with mounting screws dragging or any metal flaking. This case used mounting screws unlike man competitors to hold the drive stable. The circuit board is mounted such it has no undue stress and flex of its competitors.
I like the ports on this case over a competitor's. The ports were more solidly soldered and supported. The competitor's flexed way too much.
I had zero problems with connectivity or performance of any of my USB 3.0 or eSATA computers.
I highly recommend this case. It is well worth the little extra cost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used this product nearly daily since my purchase. I've never had any problem. I was able to install my old laptop hard drive into this case and use USB 3. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hanna-Josh M.
I have many of these...but they used to come with a soft case (which was never even mentioned in the ad)...wish they still included that. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J
This enclosure is not very reliable. I have two of them and both have failed.Published 14 months ago by Mark
Worked really well and allowed me to transfer from disk to disk as should be.Published 19 months ago by Bluesteeler
I have enjoyed being able to transfer files at high speeds. Files around 1.5 to 2.6 Gig file sizes usually transfer around 30 seconds using ESATA or USB3.0. USB 2. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by John
Purchased this device because I have 2 computers with both eSATA and USB version 2/3 ports. Sad to report that it failed to connect to 1 computer using either the eSATA or USB... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Xanadu
I used this enclosure mostly with Dell laptop (E6320, only USB 2.0 port) and Desktop (Inspirion 660, has USB 3.0 port) for six month or so. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by kievite
I was disappointed this unit didn't work better; I've been using the Vantec enclosures for years. I found that the unit worked well when plugged directly into my computer (at USB 3... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Derry K.
Nice quality build, Speed is much more faster than the 2.0. Always reads my WD hard drive. Nice addition to my Surface Pro.Published on September 10, 2013 by Bobby G Scott Jr