The first enclosure that we will be looking at is the IDE version. The packaging for each enclosure is nearly identical, with a photo of the drive on the front of the box as well as a few key features. The back of the box goes into further detail of the enclosure. Upon opening the box, we find a screwdriver, a set of screws, driver + installation disc, USB cable and the enclosure itself, tucked away securely in a leather carrying case.
The enclosure itself is constructed from aluminum and is very lightweight. Vantec applied a nice paint job and complimentary graphics to the outside of the enclosure. The front of the enclosure, from left to right, has an On/Off switch DC-in connector, activity LED and a USB 2.0 port.
To open the enclosure, simply squeeze two tabs together (one on each side) and slide the top and bottom covers off.
The hard drive simply slides into the IDE connector on the back of the PCB and is secured in place with screws on the bottom. Replace the top and bottom covers and you are good to go.
Next up, the SATA version of the NexStar SX...