Over the past several weeks we have watched a plethora of USB 3.0 compatible devices come to market. Shawn just recently finished up his review of the Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 Enclosure
and today I have the exact same product but in a 2.5-inch frame. This enclosure is sized for smaller notebook drives and designed for fast storage on the go. With up to 4800Mb/s theoretical transfer rate, USB 3.0 should be perfect for a solid state drive. Whereas the 3.5-inch enclosure doesn't quite fit an SSD correctly, this 2.5-inch version will - not to mention how much easier it will be to carry around.
The Vantec NexStar comes in a colorful retail box with product imagery and detailed specifications printed on the outside. Immediately we can tell from the pictures that the 2.5-inch version looks nearly identical to its bigger brother, with the same mirror finish and chrome trim, gloss black color and blue LED lighting. The aluminum frame is of course smaller to accommodate the notebook drives, but other than that it's hard to tell the two apart. Join me as I take a closer look at the Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 2.5-inch USB 3.0 Enclosure.