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Dell Latitude E6410 Notebook - 14.1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The E6410 is a nice, if somewhat heavy laptop. One of the last to offer built-in IEEE 1394. Like most Latitudes it is well built, durable, and has a good keyboard.

Cons: I'm mainly writing this review to point out that the specifications for this item do not bother to mention whether this laptop uses the built-in Intel graphics system, or whether it has the optional NVidia graphics chip. Also not mentioned is the screen resolution. This model of laptop was available with two different screen resolutions.

TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 3.0 2TB USB 3.0 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has a nice solid feel. Case seems durable. Drive has been reliable and very quiet, so far. No issues, problems, unexpected "features", or other surprises. Light weight.

Cons: None so far. Perhaps the cable could be a little longer, but other times I like the short cable. I guess they could ship it with three cables of differing lengths. :-)

Other Thoughts: The internal mechanism is about 15mm tall. It won't fit in a laptop. So, if you're considering removing the drive from the case to get big capacity in a laptop, or a Mac Mini, it won't fit -- unless your laptop will take a 15mm drive.

Vantec NexStar 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these. One works with all three interfaces, recognizes, partitions and formats 3TB drives, and does what it says. It's nice having all the ports. I'm going to use these so that I can treat hard drives as backup media. They're a lot cheaper than a tape drive, and hard drives are cheaper than tapes, for the capacity.

The one that works is labeled NST-D100UFS, has a brighter LED, has horizontally oriented Firewire ports and a simple 12V power supply wall wart.

Cons: I bought two of these. One of them does not work at all with Firewire. I tested it on both a Dell E4300 (built-in 1394a) and a Mac MDD with 10.5. I know the cable works because I've used it with a Seagate FreeAgent Extreme and with the other Vantec dock which works.

Under USB the dock works, but it will not recognize a 3TB drive under Windows Vista. It treats it as 800K. The other dock works properly.

This dock which doesn't work well, has a duller white color, the firewire ports are oriented vertically, the model number is just NST-D100 with no UFS, and the power supply is combined 5V/12V with a multi pin plug.

Other Thoughts: It looks like Vantec updated this product at some point to work better, and I hit the negative jackpot and got one of the old model.


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Display Name: Jeff W.

Date Joined: 12/07/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 12/07/12
  • Last Review: 06/09/14
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