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Vantec NexStar CX SuperSpeed 2.5" SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm HDD/SSD) - Model NST-200S3-BK

  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 1TB
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Vantec introduces the NexStar CX 2.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure, ideal for anyone in need of storing and transferring large amounts of data. Support all the latest 2.5" hard drive -- 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, SSD; this enclosure does it all. Integrated with the latest USB 3.0 technology, performance is increased by 10 fold offering maximum speeds of up to 5 Gbps. In addition, the sleek aluminum casing not only protects the drive from overheating but also provides sound dampening qualities to minimize vibrations. The Vantec NexStar CX 2.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure is great for anyone who requires a high performance, lightweight, and durable external storage solution.

  • newegg USB 3.0 and Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 The state-of-the-art USB 3.0 is capable of providing a bandwidth of about 5Gbps - around 10 times the bandwidth of the current USB2.0. This allows for faster transfers of high definition data, such as movies and videos, as well as various other large capacity file formats. It also features excellent compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1.
  • newegg Aluminum Casing The aluminum casing provides solid protection for your hard drive, and excellent heat dissipation for better reliability and stability.
  • newegg LED indicator The attractive blue LED indicates power & HDD activity at a glance.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Joseph T.
  • 7/5/2015 5:30:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBasic case with minimal features.

Pros: Easy to install.
Slim profile.
USB 3.0.

Cons: No vents on the case, so gets very hot. Heat may be more related to poor HDD than to case though.

Other Thoughts: Functions exactly as I expected, just wish there were some vents for heat dissipation.

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  • 4/10/2015 12:20:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat 2.5" Enclosure when it works

Pros: Fit and finish of the product is fairly high quality, the assembly design is quite simple yet sturdy, and the it's fairly inexpensive. Aluminum enclosure is both sturdy and great for heat dissipation.

Cons: I've initially ordered 2 enclosures since I needed to convert 2 1TB drives I have around the office, and 1 of the 2 enclosure was DOA, so I've ordered 2 more just in case I receive another DOA unit, and sure enough 1 of the enclosure from the second order was DOA. I had to RMA that unit as well. Either I am extremely unlucky or Vantec needs better quality control.

One gripe I have with the design of the product is that there are 2 cushion pads inside the enclosure and it makes it quite difficult to install both full size HDD and the slim HDD. Others have commented that they have removed the padding, but you just need to push firm and the padding eventually gives.

This enclosure is NOT USB 2.0 compatible; it will only work with USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: I deal with multiple vendors and I must say that Newegg has one of the best customer staff in the industry! The RMA process was a breeze and I receiver 2 replacement units and they are working fine.

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  • George F.
  • 1/21/2015 3:11:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case Works as Described

Pros: Works as advertized. Used case to setup SSD for my laptop. Then placed old HDD into case for back up.
Small, portable.
Set up is a breeze.
Cloned HDD to SSD without using the mounting screws, then after I used the screw kit for making the HDD sturdy and transportable.
Comes with a Y-USB conection, but my laptop only needs to use one USB to power it.
Solid and easy to use.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Easy conections. Will probabaly get a second one.

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  • Chad D.
  • 1/15/2015 2:04:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsConvenient, speedy

Pros: Probably the gazillionth unit I've bought, so it's time for a review. Every laptop I upgrade to SSD gets one of these for the old hard drive. They're hard to beat for size and convenience.

Cons: The 'hydra' or double headed (whatever it's called) cable is confusing for a lot of folks, I wish there was an option for the A-A cable without the extra connector, it works 99% of the time without it.

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  • Raven H.
  • 12/31/2014 11:38:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy install
works natively windows x , windows 7 and Mac OSX
Supports my 1TB 2.5" sata hard drive
Fairly Fast
Blue led indicator

Cons: Requires two usb ports, one for data one for power, can be a hassle when using with laptop and you want to use a mouse, will use up all available ports.
short usb cable

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  • Damian C.
  • 12/6/2014 7:53:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLook elsewhere

Pros: Y- Cable provided in case extra power is needed. Aluminium case.

Cons: Only works 1 out of 10 tries when you plug it in. (Regardless of using the extra plug for extra power) Rather time consuming to use.

Other Thoughts: Tried 3 separate HDD's (A 750GB WD Black and 2 750GB WD Blue HDDs), with the same aforementioned bad behaviour. These drives work without problems when installed in a separate USB3 external caddy. Even tried another computer with a USB3 chip from a different manufacturer, same results.

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  • William B.
  • 11/26/2014 10:44:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat USB 3.0 Drive Cas

Pros: Case is Cast aluminum, thick and strong. The electronic adapter is mounted to a SS plate that mount to the big side of the 2.5 in drive locking with screws from the HD to the electronics adapter. Most just push together this bolted together . The Case is longer and heaver than,most. But You could drive a sm car over it and it would probably still work and your HD would be safe. It is definitely Super Speed USB 3.0

Cons: Not a feather weight

Other Thoughts: I test this unit transferring 16 GB in 6 minutes About 40 + MB per second. USB 3.0 or Gibabit deliverers up to 50 MB per second or or 500 Mb per second bidirectional. Mb is Mega bit MB Mega Bite or 10 times more in reality than Mb 50 MB = 500 Mb in each direction. Some Hard drives will need tp use the extra USB Power pug attached to run some of these drives based on size and age. Also SATA 1,2,3 will affect overall speed I would buy this again if needed.

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  • Savvy I.
  • 11/20/2014 2:24:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Shows SMART data

Cons: Hard to open

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/11/2014 12:53:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsSays what it does, does what it says

Pros: Fits 12.5mm drives and smaller without issues. Metal case, so it radiates heat far better than plastic (an insulator) cases. If you insert the drive and it binds due to the internal pads (used to prevent the drive from rattling around the case), remove the drive, rotate 180 degrees, and re-insert. You don't need to go through a lengthy disassembly, just flip the drive around.

Cons: Wish it came in flavors with 1394b and eSATA.

Other Thoughts: Basic case with basic performance for a budget price, but superior to the plastic cases sold for the same price.

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  • Mr. M.
  • 10/24/2014 5:42:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but not great

Pros: Nice aluminum case, just what we've come to expect from Vantec.

The price is right for an external enclosure.

USB 3.0 gives good speeds, with one big exception (see Cons below)

Cons: It requires (2) USB plugs, and (on my system, at least) only operates at full speed on the Motherboard USB3 ports. I can only see USB2 speed off the front USB3 ports of my computer.

Case fit from the manufacturer is poor. The HDD carriage wants to hang up approximately 3/4 inch before full insertion into the case (resolved, see comments below).

Other Thoughts: Vantec for some reason put (2) stick-on pads inside the case, located in the front of the case. The drive carriage hits these two pads and doesn't want to ride up and over them. If you peel away the mirror strip on the front of the case, you can take out the (2) screws holding the front of the case, and with a razor knife you can remove those (2) pads. The HDD carriage will then slide fully into the case with no binding.

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