As a PC technician I've had the opportunity to work with many different types of computer users - there are those with limited knowledge, those who have just enough knowledge to be dangerous, and then there are enthusiasts who think they know it all. Not much is common to all of these groups, but one thing everyone can agree on is how handy USB hard drives and flash drives have become. USB external storage is an easy and relatively cheap solution for just about any storage need. It is found in the home, in the office, in schools, basically anywhere there's a computer. We've all been enjoying USB 2.0 for many years now, and it finally got a much needed upgrade. USB 3.0 (also dubbed SuperSpeed) is here. It boasts a theoretical 4.8Gbps transfer rate, which blows away the 480Mbps transfer rate of USB 2.0. With HD video and other high resolution files becoming more popular by the day, faster speeds using good ol' USB couldn't have come at a better time.
On my desk for review is the NexStar USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosure from Vantec. If you have an available USB 3.0 port on your system, you can take full advantage of the increased bandwidth and enjoy speedier file transfers. Even if you don't have USB 3.0 yet but plan to adopt it in the near future, the enclosure is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. Sounds like a win-win situation so far, so let's take a further look and find out for sure.
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.