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Item#: N82E16817392047

VANTEC NST-280SU3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA NexStar 3 SuperSpeed Enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Up to 1TB
  • Aluminum
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Form and functionality collide with style in the NexStar 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure from Vantec. With its mirror finish and sleek curves, the Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 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 NexStar 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure.


Learn more about the Vantec NST-280SU3-BK

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Model
NST-280SU3-BK

Spec

Color
Black
Size
2.5"
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA I/II
External Interface
USB3.0 & eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 1TB
Fan
No
Specifications
Device Size: 2.5" (7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm)
HD Capacity: Up to 1TB
Features
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 3Gbps w/eSATA

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 & eSATA

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

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X v10.4 and Above

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
143 x 84 x 17 mm

Packaging

Package Contents
2.5" NexStar 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA Enclosure , User’s Manual, USB 3.0 Cable, eSATA Cable, and Installation Screws

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • MUNTADHER J.
  • 1/26/2014 9:54:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Enclouser

Pros: Easy to assemble , Nice finishing. Also it came with USB 3 & eSata cables.

Cons: None.

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  • Christian V.
  • 12/4/2013 8:27:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Work great
Beautiful look
Small size
Good quality material, act like an heatsink for HD
USB3 for speed, eSata for older computer

Cons: Didn't have any problems

Other Thoughts: You have to connect the smaller usb cable for power when using eSata since eSata doesn't provide power.

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  • John C.
  • 8/23/2013 2:31:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggseSata doesnt work

Pros: USB3 interface works great. Tested moving a 1.4GB file in/out of this enclosure with an SSD inside. With USB2, took about 60-120 seconds. With USB3, took 19-24 sec (sometimes windows is doing background tasks slowing things down). Tested this several times to be sure (> 10 times both ways).

Cons: Esata would transfer at about the same speed as USB3 but it would only work for 2 or 3 minutes, then the drive would disappear and I'd have to unplug, wait a minute, re-plug then it would work for another 2 or 3 minutes. Even if I did nothing, the drive would disappear after a few minutes.

USB3 always worked-no prob.

Other Thoughts: My main laptop has only eSata so this is very bad for me. I'm going to return to Newegg. I bought this because it has both interfaces and for this price both should work fine (~$26). I bought 2 of these and they both do the same thing - returning both.
I need a reliable fast device.

One of these also was a little hard to seat - I could look inside and see a small rubber pad at the opposite end of the enclosure, the inner plate holding the drive is supposed to sit on top of this but sometimes gets caught and takes some wiggling to get it to seat right.

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  • Martin L.
  • 8/6/2013 10:07:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I own already one and very fast on usb 3.0 and works great in usb3. Beautiful case.
With a toshiba 250Gb 5400rpm 8mb cache i have about 80-90mb/s of transfert speed.

Cons: No cons.

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  • Luke C.
  • 5/3/2013 1:24:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsesata fail

Pros: the usb3 works well.

Cons: the esata chip is flakey. looking at all the other reviews, i see that the problem is pretty widespread. it worked at first, but it started disconnecting more and more often until it's at the point now where computers won't recognize it in esata mode at all.

i've tested it with several computers, and two different esata cables so i'm sure it's the case's fault. and since it works with usb3, it can't be my SSD.

Other Thoughts: it's too bad they used a poorly engineered esata chip - everything else on enclosure is pretty nice.

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  • Michael C.
  • 4/25/2013 3:27:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: ESata smoking fast. Been using Rosewill USB 3.0 enclosures which are fast.....but the ESata on this enclosure is super fast 80 gb sec vs 20 for USB. USB 3.0 only works fine too. Super enclosure. And it looks cool. Blue light on the front is cool. Much better looking in person than in the photos. Made good. Just as sturdy as the rosewill. Both are good.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended. Split cable is kind of strange because with normal SSD and 2.5 laptop drives you only need one plugged in. great enclosure

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  • Ben S.
  • 2/28/2013 6:45:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It looks pretty at a distance.

All of the electronic bits worked just fine.

I do like that it uses a normal full sized USB plug. I refuse to buy anything other than that micro USB. I got tired of having to have too many different cables for the exact same type of connection.

Cons: Not a fan of the double ended USB cable. I never had to plug them both in. But, I was using a SSD in it which does have less power draw than a mechanical drive.

The case itself looks way prettier online than in person. It just feels kinda cheap. The ends are made of plastic, and the plastic tabs that hold the removable end onto the PCB board both broke on me after removing a drive twice.

The screws used to attach the end on strip very easily.

Other Thoughts: I am either going to replace it with the SIIG JU-SA0912-S1 or try the Vantec NexStar TX. The TX at least looks like it doesn't follow the same bad design as the rest of the NexStar series.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We value your input about our product and will strive hard to provide our customer with good quality products. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at support@vantecusa.com. We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • P F.
  • 1/25/2013 10:34:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsEsata, are you DEAD??

Pros: Sleek looking, works in USB 3.0

Cons: The chipset inside feels cheap and the fit inside the casing is awkward. Be careful while assembling, you might bend the chipset.

Worked for a few minutes in esata on my laptop ( Clevo P170HM ) but now it doesnt work at all. Intel Rapid storage sees the drive but can't do anything about it... I have to OCZ Vectors SSD in RAID0 in the laptop and I was hoping to use the Esata with an external HDD to backup the ssd's but it's not working...

I've read hundreds of thing regarding my problem. From Win 7 64bit drivers problems to faulty cable, and Intel drivers, or even a bios flash (which i did). And nothing worked.

Install is a clean win7 64 bits with all drivers up to date...

Other Thoughts: Since Intel Rapid Storage sees the drive when it's in the esata port, i guess the enclosure works, but it is unusable for me.

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  • Bradley E.
  • 1/8/2013 9:11:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks, but odd cables

Pros: Works exactly as advertised. Fast speeds.

Cons: The USB port on the enclosure is the Type A you normally see on the computer, which makes the cable look like a crossover USB cable. It isn't wrong, I don't think, but it is odd.

Other Thoughts: I had hoped that the eSATA would be an eSATAp where it can get power over the same wire because my laptop has eSATAp ports, but it isn't. I can't find any external enclosures which are capable of this, so that might be a useless measure.

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  • Itai D.
  • 11/28/2012 1:23:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

Pros: The specifications are impressive.

Cons: Does not work. It keeps losing the connection and corrupting my data. It is being returned as I write this.

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