USB has certainly been around for a while. Beginning in 1996 with version 1.0 and just 12Mb/s bandwidth, the USB or Universal Serial Bus interface quickly caught on as a popular way to connect external devices to a host computer. It took only four years to ratify a newer, faster USB 2.0 specification that increased bandwidth forty times to 480Mb/s, and that standard has existed basically untouched for the last decade. Beginning in January of this year, many debuting at the 2010 CES show, manufacturers began releasing products that support the latest iteration of the USB interface, version 3.0. Although it took twice as long to develop as 2.0, the 3.0 specification only increases bandwidth an additional ten times, to 4800Mb/s or what is commonly referred to as 5Gb/s speed.
So far this year we have tested several USB 3.0 devices including a USB 3.0 drive dock and two USB 3.0 external enclosures. Today we have a USB 3.0 kit for review from Computer Geeks that is comprised of a USB 3.0 ExpressCard, USB 3.0 enclosure and a 2.5" SATA hard drive
. By combining the interface card, enclosure and drive into one bundle, Geeks offers a complete package upgrade for those laptop users on the go who need fast, affordable storage. Join me as I take a closer look at the Computer Geeks
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 2.5" External Hard Drive Kit.