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VANTEC NexStar TX NST-210S3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 External Enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 1TB
  • Aluminum
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The Vantec NexStar TX 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. It supports all the latest 2.5" hard disk drive/solid state drive (height supported 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm) and delivers excellent performance thanks to the latest USB 3.0 technology. In addition, the sleek aluminum casing not only protects the drive from overheating but also minimizes vibrations.

  • 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 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.

Learn more about the Vantec NST-210S3-BK

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Series
NexStar TX
Model
NST-210S3-BK

Spec

Color
Black
Size
2.5"
AC Adapter
No
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA I/II/III
External Interface
USB 3.0
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 1TB
Fan
No
Features
Supports ALL 2.5" SATA I/II/III HDD/SSD(Height supported 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm)

Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive

Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0

Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB 2.0 or 3.0

Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting

Attractive LED Indicates Power & HDD Activity

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
5.12" x 3.07" x 0.55"

Packaging

Package Contents
2.5" NexStar TX SuperSpeed, Installation Guide, USB 3.0 Cable, Installation Screws, Carrying Pouch

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Stanley S.
  • 5/28/2014 10:03:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly as expected

Pros: Light, has an activity light, and it's 3.0

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Everything needed to place your 2.5" drive into the case comes in the box. Recommended buy.

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  • Juan P.
  • 4/30/2014 10:41:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs1TB Owners beware

Pros: Great finish, feels durable. Thick Cable. Plug n Play.

Cons: Did NOT fit my hard drive. I had a 2.5" Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex for which the enclosure started failing. I bought this one to replace it. The hard drive does not fit in the case. I don't know if Seagates have different dimensions or what.

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  • Daniel C.
  • 12/15/2013 2:30:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: I liked the metal enclosure, nice finish. The USB 3 cable seemed pretty good.

Cons: After about 2 months of carrying it around with my 500 GB drive, it started failing on me. I had to hold down the connection to the enclosure for it to work. Bought it in Feb. and haven't used it since June.

Other Thoughts: Purchase something else. worth spending the extra 10 bucks on a better product. I take care of all my electronics and cables, none of my other enclosures have failed.

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  • David R.
  • 12/5/2013 11:35:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, Cheap, Fast: It's All Three!

Pros: The enclosure is made from a decent grade of aluminum alloy with plastic end pieces held in by tiny Philips screws. Pretty much your standard external 2.5 inch enclosure so far, right? This case is durable, and a bit beefier than most, though, and the provided hardware included extra screws (a nice touch!) and an actually usable small screwdriver (made of steel, not aluminum).

I've deployed three of these so far, with different size/speed drives in them - not once did I get a bad one. The electronics on the adapter board are well assembled and seem to be up to snuff speed and reliability-wise so far. The case is thick enough to accommodate 12.5 mm drives and will also work with 9.5 mm drives, too. so it's fairly versatile.

Overall, an inexpensive USB 3.0 enclosure that works well.

The enclosure is a bit blockier than some, but that gives it strength and durability. I subject all three of these to pretty rough service, and they keep right on truckin'.

The USB 3.0 cable included is of a fair length (about 27" long) and made from a thicker high-quality cable stock with heavy molded ends - it's not a delicate flower!

Cons: The insulator provided is a small piece of clear plastic (acetate?) that has thin adhesive strips at either end. It just didn't impress me much. I've preferred to use an insulator made from 3X5 card stock. This rides well in the case with my drives, and offers excellent protection without using any adhesive. (Just cut carefully to length.) DON'T assemble one of these without some form of insulation.

The slipcover is also rather cheap, but it does get the job done. I would have liked to see something a bit more padded and durable, but, hey... they gotta make a profit.

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  • Alex M.
  • 6/5/2013 3:40:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: Looks Good

Cons: Bad Speeds And The Screws Are Easily Stripped

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  • Adrian G.
  • 5/31/2013 7:59:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVantec drop the ball on this one

Pros: Case looks great and is light , supports usb 3

Cons: all my external HD enclosures are vantec. I order this for my new external HD for school. I specifically ordered it for because it only required 1 cable to work instead of vantecs y cable on my other external HD. Was extremely disappointed when i went to install the HD and realize that vantec didn't include a bracket or drill wholes to fix the HD to. That's right folks no bracket or drill wholes in the case for the HD. The HD is held in place just by the sata plug and power connecter of the cover of that case that you then screw into the case. If your HD receives a big enough shock it will slide of the of the sata connecter and just rattle around in the case.

Other Thoughts: Wasn't impressed with vantec on this one and got refunded , newegg was good as always. and didn't give me a hard time for the refund and this is why i continue to show here .

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  • Kristin B.
  • 5/8/2013 8:28:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot recommended for a SATA-III SSD.

Pros: - Achieves USB 3.0 speeds
- Unobtrusive single LED to indicate power (solid) and drive activity (flashing)
- 1/16" thick aluminum case
- Tight-fitting SATA connection to HDD/SDD
- Approximately 30" USB 3.0 cable
- Comes with the screwdriver needed to screw in the tiny screws
- Comes with plastic to apply to the back of an exposed PCB on a HDD
- Decent fake leather carry case

Cons: - Poor overall throughput when mated up with an SSD. Max throughput using an SK Hynix SH910 SSD was 132MB/s Write, 142MB/s Read.
- Included screws are self-tapping into the plastic endcap, which means with repeated use, the holes may strip or can become easily stripped.
- No lengthwise support to keep enclosed drive from pivoting on the SATA connector.

Other Thoughts: I have compared this enclosure with two others I've recently purchased. The SYBA CL-ENC25035 (N82E16817801109) and the Mediasonic HDK-SU3 (N82E16817576017).

Throughput testing--
To ensure consistency, I tested all three enclosures multiple times with a fresh drive each time. The results were then averaged and recorded. (Averages were pretty easy since the results were consistent within 2MB/s of each drives' subsequent test.)
This enclosure was by far the slowest of the enclosures. (The Mediasonic was surprisingly the fastest.) This NexStar unit uses an ASMedia controller chip which I thought would at least give it an advantage on one of the test system's ASMedia USB 3.0 chipset. It didn't. I tried it on a different USB 3.0 chipset and the results were similarly slow.

Perceived durability--
I like aluminum enclosures because they will dissipate heat better, although it's minor since there's no direct contact between the drive and the case. But, theoretically, it will still have better thermal properties than a plastic case.
As noted above, the enclosure has no support lengthwise to support the drive from flopping around inside the case, even if it's only a 1/8" up or down. Over time, that can wear on the connection between drive and interface, and on the interface to PCB. However, as noted in the PROS section, the connector is really tight, so any movement will be minimal...at least for now. I was testing with an SSD so there wasn't a lot of weight to be supported in the first place. An older, heavier 2.5" HDD may act differently.
If you are looking to constantly swap out drives in this case, then I suggest looking to a tool-less design such as the SYBA I referenced above. If you are looking to simply put an extra drive in here for ease of access via USB, then the self-tapping screws into the plastic endcap shouldn't be of much concern. I didn't have any problems with the screws stripping out as others have noted. However, if you have an eyeglasses screwdriver kit, you might be better served using it instead of the included screwdriver. The included screwdriver still 'feels' a wee bit bigger than what you want for the phillips head on the screw.
Other than that, no significant complaints about it's construction.

So is this a bad enclosure? No, and not for $17. It gets a solid 3-Egg rating for doing what it's supposed to do, but it's not the best in class. It's a fine case for an older HDD that gets occasional usage or just sits there plugged in. And you won't have to worry about the lower throughput numbers because a HDD won't get anywhere near hitting the maximum potential of this case. If you are looking to plug in a newer SSD and you want the fastest speed possible- who doesn't want that if you're using an SSD?? -then I suggest checking into the Mediasonic case for a couple bucks more. The speed difference is significant (+90MB/s Writing, +58MB/s Reading (yes, the Mediasonic has faster Writes than Reads)).

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  • Arnold I.
  • 4/23/2013 6:17:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: Cheap and pretty well made

Cons: Screws don't seat perfectly...but at this price I have no complaints

Other Thoughts: Just Works as it should

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  • Frank C.
  • 3/7/2013 2:56:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSoft Screws

Pros: USB 3.0, 3' cable, comes with screwdriver, working well with Windows 7 and 8 computers.

Cons: Combination of softest screws ever and screw holes that aren't large enough.

I'm lucky it came with 4 screws because I had to destroy two of them to get the holes large enough to be able to screw them down flush. I don't plan on opening this case again, but if the need ever arose I don't know if I can open it, and certainly won't be able to use the screws again.

I subtracted 2 stars for this because I expect a case for mobile use to be one solid piece and not require tape or rubber bands to hold together, which almost happened just from the initial installation.

Other Thoughts: Using with HGST 7k1000 HDD.

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  • Allen B.
  • 1/26/2013 11:10:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: With limited testing systems. I used my piece of junk HP notebook with sataII spin hard drive. No benchmark software. Only one day old, not time tested.

I installed a samsung ssd 830 120GB into this ext enclosure

1- 1GB movie copied at 100MB/sec, win7readings, but seemed fater than that time wise, it only took a couple of seconds. very fast.

1000 small files, about 1.5GB backed up at 50MB, win7reading, but only took a few seconds. very fast.

both those together 2.5GB, took about 6-7 seconds. fast enough for me.

Cons: Did not eject properly, stating drive was in use, but wasn't. Readyboost wasn't running at that time, no other programs using it. A log off didn't fix it, only a full shut down. Not a huge deal, you can just yank it as long as you are done copying. but not a perfect ext enclosure.

Other Thoughts: As long as it doesn't fry within a year. I'll be happy.

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