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Vantec NexStar USB/eSATA Hard Drive Dock Review -


Product: Vantec NexStar USB/eSATA Hard Drive Dock
Date: August 15, 2008
Author: Greg Baden
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: Vantec
Pages: 1 2 3
Discussion: Discuss in Forums


The Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is extremely simple and easy to use. It supports both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives up to 1TB in capacity. The dock has both an eSATA and a USB port so you have the ability to user either. Even if you don't have an eSATA port on your computer you're still in luck because Vantec includes a SATA to eSATA bracket.

The hard drive dock is fairly small with the dimensions of 5.35 x 3.26 x 3.43 in (136 x 83 x 87mm). On the front of the dock there is a large power button encircled by a blue LED ring which indicates power to the dock. Slightly below this button there is a blue LED sliver which indicates the hard drive activity. Along the top of the front of the dock there is the Vantec logo and product name.

The two sides contain nothing on them except the whiteness of the dock itself. On the back of the device there is the eSATA port, USB port and power connection. On the bottom we find a shortened list of specifications with a mass of regulation logos and four rubber feet to keep the dock in place.

The top of the dock is where the hard drive, either 2.5" or 3.5" SATA, will be held. Looking down on the top might appear that it only supports a 2.5" hard drive, but by pressing the flap down you can see where a 3.5" will have room to fit. What I didn't really like about this flap and the hard drive dock itself is the lack of support on the hard drive it offers. There is nothing to hold the hard drive firmly in place so if you're moving it around it can be shaky ride for the hard drive.

Installation is simple; just slide your hard drive in while making sure the SATA connections line up and press down until it latches. Turn the power on and you're ready to go; no drivers or software required. That is unless you're using Windows 98, but who really does though?

To remove the hard drive just press the power button, hold the hard drive with one hand and press the release button until the hard drive pops out.

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