USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!
Who says you can never have enough storage. Well you really can not have too much. I myself have a few different computers around my house for different tasks, and I like to back them up and also share files over the network. External hard drives and enclosures are a great tool for keeping around your house or even on the go. There are so many different enclosures and NAS boxes on the market. Some do RAID, other’s do JBOD, some can hold only 1 drive and some can go up to 4 drives. Some of the cool things with the technology of the past few years is that we now have eSATA and USB 3.0. USB 3.0 offers up to 5 Gbps while eSATA offers less speed at around 3 Gbps. So today we will be reviewing the Vantec NexStar HX2R dual SATA Hard Drive Enclosure, so stick around and see if it would make a nice addition to your desk or office.
Hard drive docks are nothing new. They have been around for quite some time and we have reviewed a handful of them. The only thing that has really changed in the way of hard drive docks is the connections. When USB 3.0 came out we saw a new round of hard drive docks with the new, faster connection. So what is next for hard drive docks? Vantec seems to think WiFi is. It makes sense, we have so many wireless devices now with tablets and smartphones ruling our lives. So why not be able to access the information on any hard drive without having to have a USB connection on your device? This is where the NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock comes in. It is your normal hard drive dock supporting 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives and has a USB 3.0 connection, but it also has WiFi so you can use an iOS or Android device to connect to it and access your files. Let’s dive in!
Solid state drives are all the rage right now. The most common form factor for solid state drives is the 2.5-inch form factor. Many new cases have support for 2.5-inch drives, but many cases, even newer ones do not. No one wants to go out and buy a brand new case, just for a hard drive. Vantec knows this and has a whole line of hard drive racks that support 2.5-inch drives. Today we will be taking a look at the NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch hard drive rack, which is a 5.25-inch bay device that supports two 2.5-inch drives. Let’s take a look…
Have you ever had an old IDE drive sitting around that you needed something off of, but you have seem to have lost the IDE cable? Well have no worries! The Vantec NexStar Universal Adapter will allow you to connect not only 3.5” IDE devices but 2.5” and 5.25” devices as well. This adapter also supports SATA devices and includes a 66-1-in card reader. Surely this device has enough to support your storage needs, read on further to find out more about it.
Hard drive enclosures got you down? Having trouble installing your hard drive in an enclosure or just want to access your data in seconds? The Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock solves your problems. In just seconds you can be accessing not only one, but TWO hard drives, either 2.5″ or 3.5″ through eSATA or USB. The small device takes up more vertical space and less horizontal desk space. It even comes with an eSATA bracket so that everyone can enjoy the high speed benefits. Read on further to see what else this dock has to offer.