Date: August 30th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Vantec
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VANTEC NEXSTAR CX SUPERSPEED INTRODUCTION
The last time Tweaknews reviewed a Vantec product, it was the NexStar 3 USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure. Testing showed that it was a great choice for housing that SATA hard drive you have lying around and the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface made file transfers a heck of a lot faster. It did have a couple of minor drawbacks though - the gloss black finish on the enclosure was a magnet for fingerprints, and the blue power LED was a bit too bright. All in all though, it was a great enclosure that performed well.
The NexStar 3 isn't the only USB 3.0 enclosure Vantec offers, however. Enter the NST-310S3-BK SuperSpeed USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure. It features slightly different aesthetics and the price is a little bit easier on the wallet, but it still provides all the benefits that USB 3.0 has to offer. Let's take it for a test run and see how it stacks up.
VANTEC CORPORATE PROFILE
Founded in 1994, and headquartered in Fremont, CA, Vantec is a leading brand of computer accessories that provides a complete line of Storage, Thermal, and Mobile solutions. We are devoted to every computer user from mainstream to enthusiast. Our goal is to provide a complete and affordable line of products for all computing needs.
At Vantec, we strive for innovation and to demonstrate this, we are leading the scene of the Build-Your-Own-Drive market with our popular NexStar® External Hard Drive Enclosure Series. The bold colors and mirror finish on the NexStar® , changed industry outlook and put back the WOW factor. Vantec set a new standard and personalized it. No longer does an external enclosure have to look boring. Passing the 1 million units milestone in 2007, Vantec continue to expand its successful NexStar® series along with the EZ-Swap®, LapCool, Stealth, AeroFlow, Tornado and Iceberq lines.
We understand that technology is changing faster than ever, and in 2003, we established an R&D and Sales office in Taiwan. Through this expansion, we are constantly integrating innovative technology to our products. Late 2009, we expanded our worldwide presence by establishing a new office in Guangzhou, China. Now with a world-wide distribution network, Vantec products can be seen across the globe.