The Vantec Nexstar MX hard drive enclosure's dual bays make for an unit with a lot of potential storage. Dual interfaces adds to the value, as well, so that one could use the eSATA connector for additional speed while at home and use USB while using another computer. The aluminum construction of the unit certainly keeps the drives cool.
However, the poor RAID1 performance diminishes an amount of potential usefulness. I would imagine that many users would buy a dual bay enclosure for the mirror capabilities of RAID1, not the speed increase of RAID0, an increase which is still only marginal for these types of units. Also, although it would be rarely done, switching between storage modes is not straightforward and requires diagrams in the manual. A sticker or the like on a rail inside the unit showing the four positions would remedy this.
ThinkComputers gives the Vantec Nexstar MX dual bay hard drive enclosure an 8 out of 10 score.
- Decent performance when not in RAID1 mode
- Aluminum chassis, internal fan
- USB and eSATA connectivity
- RAID1 performance abysmal
- Blue LEDs could get annoying