Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 Enclosure
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-17-2010
Provided by: Vantec
First Look

Included in the retail package is the enclosure itself, a stand, USB 3.0 cable, power adapter, a small baggie of screws and a user's manual. The 13-page manual is well written and includes several diagrams to help with installation and usage. Instructions include usage with Windows XP / Vista / 7 and Mac OS.

The included USB 3.0 cable is a bit different than the standard USB 2.0 cable. The cable is pretty thick thanks to extra wiring inside for increased bandwidth and as you can see, the "B" end of the cable looks totally different than what we are used to. Cable length is a bit on the short side unfortunately, with both the USB cable and the power adapter wire measuring only 4' in length. An extra foot or two would go a long way for sure. The power "brick" is orientated so you won't take up an extra socket on your wall outlet but this somewhat backfires when using a power strip.

The front and back of the enclosure have chrome accents while the rest of the enclosure is glossy black in color. This certainly looks nice but be ready for fingerprints galore. The front features the Vantec logo and a vertical line that lights up blue when in use. On the left side of the enclosure is the NexStar 3 name and SuperSpeed moniker along with the enclosure type.

The right side of the enclosure is solid black and features four small rubber feet so you can lay the enclosure flat instead of using the stand if you wish. The back of the enclosure has the model number as well as the USB 3.0 port, power jack and on / off switch. You can also see there are two small screw holes, one at the top and one at the bottom that are used to hold the slide-out enclosure in place once you install a drive in it.

Installation just ahead.

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