When it comes time to try to find a use for those spare hard drives that are just gathering dust, there are a few choices to consider. One of those choices is the Vantec NexStar GX external hard drive enclosure. With steady improvements over past versions and a very handy 3-port USB hub built into the unit, it has a lot of promise.
As far as transfer speeds go, it will easily allow you to use the external drive as either a backup drive, or even let you use it for a storage area for those movie rips you've been collecting. Playback directly from the NexStar GX proved to be flawless and there were no hiccups when moving the data from the external drive to the PC.
As with all previous versions of the NexStar series, the unit is truly plug n play. As long as your OS is WinME or higher, you simply plug in the USB cable and Windows will automatically assign the device a drive letter. From this point on, you simply access it like you would your normal hard drive. For those interested in using this device with large hard drives, the NexStar GX is currently certified to be used with 400GB drives.
As far as price goes, this product could be found online for about $47US, so it falls into the upper range for this product type. Of course, I was not able to find another external device with the same feature set, so it doesn't appear to be out of line for what you're getting.
Bottom line... If you've been thinking of getting an external hard drive enclosure and just haven't gotten around to it yet, then go ahead and put the Vantec NexStar GX on your list of prospective products. With solid performance, additional USB ports and quality that is at the upper end of the spectrum, you won't be disappointed with this device.
3-port USB hub
Simple to use
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Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award!