Vantec NexStar 3i

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Attractive USB Hard Drive Enclosure for SATA drives with power management software – Joe

SUMMARY: Attractive USB Hard Drive Enclosure for SATA drives with power management software.

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The good guys at Vantec were nice enough to send a sample of their Vantec NexStar 3i to try out. This external enclosure ships with power management software.

Key Features

  • Built-in Power Management Function – user can set Idle, Stand By and Power Down
  • USB Interface
  • Aluminum construction, LED function lights
  • Accommodates 3.5″ SATA Drives
  • External power supply
  • Includes USB cable, Manual and Program disk
  • Size: 198 x 125 x 33 mm

The back shows the USB and power ports and the On/Off switch:

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The sleeve is attached to the case with two screws; the sleeve is shown below:

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The PCB has a three prong port for the LED:

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Attache the drive by sliding it into the connector, screw it to the sleeve and you’re set to go:

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Parts that ship with the enclosure include the external power supply and USB cable:

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Power Management Application

Included with Vantec’s NexStar 3i includes a program to manage the drive’s power state. Opening the program leads to this screen:

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There are three options the user can select:

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Users can select times for the drive to Stand By and Power Off:

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For those who use an external drive continuously, this is a nice power conserving option.

Performance

I tried Vantec’s NexStar SATA Drive Dock on a Seagate Barracuda 250 GB, 7200 rpm hard drive with the following results:

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Typical USB 2.0 performance.

CONCLUSIONS

A very nice way to keep an external enclosure attached full time an conserve electricity and drive hours.

Thanks again to Vantec for sending this our way to try out.

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