At the rear of the NexStar HX external chassis is a hard power switch, USB
3.0 and eSATA data slots, the DC power connector and a small fan control
The front has an 80mm fan embedded into it for keeping
hard drive temperatures in check. Air is exhausted out the side of the
NexStar HX chassis. This fan can be controlled by the small
switch at the back of the unit. If you don't need it, just
turn it off.
Front edge showing the LED strip light which indicates
drive status when on.
Top of the Vantec NexStar HX which has air vents.
The SATA hard drive installs into the NexStar HX unit and connects
with a hot swappable SATA data/power jack fixed at the rear.
The NexStar HX is powered by an AC brick adaptor and comes
with a 1 meter USB 3.0 and eSATA cable. The unit must be plugged in to
operate, neither eSATA nor USB 3.0 cables deliver power to support a 3.5"
If you're running Windows 7 or Vista, the PC will react
pretty sensibly to NexStar HX drive enclosure. It's best practice to go to
"removable devices" in the control panel and "stop" the hard drive before
turning off the power to the unit or unplugging a data cable, or data loss may
The general build quality of the Vantec NexStar HX is nice,
we particularly like the aluminum panels that should hold up to little bumps
PCSTATS isn't going to
benchmark a SATA hard drive in the Vantec NexStar HX because serial ATA devices
like this do not have any significant impact on data transfer speeds. In terms
of USB 3.0, transfer speeds will be limited by the drive speed.
Quick, Simple, Easy External Storage
NexStar HX looks good,
works with USB 3.0 data connections or eSATA and supports a single 3.5"
SATA hard drive without the need to crack open your computer case.
What's not to like about that?
Connecting the external hard drive up to a desktop computer is as
easy as plugging in the Vantec NexStar HX's power cord and connecting the
appropriate data cable.
With a retail price
of $40 CDN ($40 USD / £25GBP), the Vantec NexStar HX is a
straight forward device which allows anyone to add a substantial amount of
external storage to their desktop PC.
Data transfer speeds on the eSATA cable are just as fast as
internal SATA drives, with USB 3.0 it's never been quicker to move a massive
amount of data off to an external drive - this is the biggest attraction in
our eyes. The Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 is a simple and versatile approach to
anyone's burgeoning storage needs, recommended.
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