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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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS (From Vantec)
Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps w/USB 2.0
HD Capacity up to 2TB
Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed
Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting
Attractive Blue LED Indicates Power & HDD Activity
Device Support: SATA I/II Hard Drive
Device Size: 3.5"
Internal Interface: SATA
External Interface: USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible With USB 2.0 & 1.1)
HD Capacity: Up to 2TB
Dimension: 215 x 123 x 31mm
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS :
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista & 7
USB 1.1 or 2.0 or 3.0 Equipped System
For USB 3.0 Speeds, the System Must Support USB 3.0 Specifications (CD-Rom Drive May Be Needed For Drivers)
What's great about this enclosure (and all USB 3.0 devices) is that it will work just fine when plugged into a USB 2.0 port. You won't experience the fastest possible speeds if you use USB 2.0, but it's still convenient to be able to use the enclosure on just about any modern PC.
The box has a cardboard slipcover that shows a photo of the product along with the features and specs. Inside the box, the enclosure is protected by thick foam blocks to minimize any possible damage during the shipping process. Current pricing on this unit is approximately $34 US.
Accessories include a power adapter, installation screws, instruction manual, USB 3.0 cable, and a stand for the enclosure. No hard drive is included, but that's typical for a product like this.