Vantec NexStar3 NST-380S3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Enclosure Review


SATA Performance with USB Ease?

SuperSpeed USB emerged onto the scene as an answer to the limited bandwidth of today’s current popular connectivity interface.  The additional throughput is a boon for external hard drives, but most other devices aren’t fast enough to take advantage of it.  With USB 3.0 external drives, you can now realistically perform intensive data transfer tasks that were previously only feasible with SATA, such as video and audio editing.

An external hard drive enclosure is very handy for several different types of people.  Some like to have additional storage for their laptops, while others use their unit as a truly portable device for transporting files between home and work.  With SuperSpeed USB you don’t have to sacrifice performance to have the convenience of a portable device.

Vantec has once again stepped in with a slick-looking external hard drive enclosure with the NexStar 3 SuperSpeed.  It’s thin, shiny, and most importantly now supports the new USB 3.0 standard to unleash your hard drive’s true potential.

Vantec NST-380S3-BK NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Hard Drive Enclosure
Form and functionality collide with style in the Vantec NST-380S3-BK NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Hard Drive Enclosure. With its mirror finish and sleek curves, the Vantec NST-380S3-BK NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Hard Drive Enclosure stands out from the crowd. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating. Integrated with the latest USB 3.0 technology, performance is increased by 10 fold offering maximum speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Quickly store and back-up your data with the Vantec NST-380S3-BK NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Hard Drive Enclosure.

What it is and Why You Need it:

  • Attractive Mirror Finish Design
  • Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps w/USB 2.0
  • Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB 1.1/2.0 or 3.0
  • Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
  • Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed
  • Supports ALL 2.5″ Hard Drives (7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, SSD)
  • Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting
  • Attractive Blue LED Indicates Power & HDD Activity


Model: NST-280S3-BK
Device Support: SATA I/II Hard Drive
Device Size: 2.5″
Internal Interface: SATA
External Interface: USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible With USB 2.0 & 1.1)
HD Capacity: Up to 1TB*
Material: Aluminum
Dimension: 141 x 82 x 18mm

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