Vantec NexStar 3 Enclosure

Posted on February 15, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Normally, when I hear the name Vantec, I think of PC thermal solutions. This is because it had one of the fastest 80mm fans on the market several years ago, the Vantec Tornado. Nowadays, however, Vantec maintains a wide range of peripherals offering the best in terms of thermal cooling. Today, we're going to be looking at the NexStar 3, their hybrid eSATA/USB2.0 hard drive enclosure.

The Vantec NexStar 3 combines eSATA and USB2.0 connections with a light aluminum chassis, sure to keep your drive cool while ensuring compatibility between your machines. The enclosure holds a single 3.5" hard drive, and even features and LED-lit logo on the front to show that the drive is powered.

Packaging & Features

The NexStar 3 comes in a glossy box. There are full feature and benefit lists on the rear of the box, and system requirements and contents on either side of the packaging. The box opens from the side so you can pull out a box containing the actual product.

The enclosure itself comes in your typical cardboard packaging that holds all the accessories, including the power adapter, USB and eSATA cables, and vertical stand for the enclosure. Also included in the manual packaging is a PCI expansion bay bracket which converts an eSATA jack to an internal SATA connector, removing the need of an additional SATA controller that has it's own eSATA jack.

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