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Vantec NexStar 3 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The NexStar 3 case is solid and reliable. I own 6 of them in various models, which I use to recycle old laptop drives as external backup drives. They have always worked perfectly, and I have never had a problem with any of them.

Cons: The Newegg image shows a carrying case. My most recent drive arrived without one, and it is no longer on the list of package contents on the outside of the box. I now need to find another storage solution.

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VANTEC NexStar 3 NST-280S3-BK Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good, but no carrying case 02/07/2012

This review is from: VANTEC NexStar 3 NST-280S3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: See my 1/17/2012 review.

Cons: See my 1/17/2012 review.

Other Thoughts: I discussed this with Vantec USA tech support today. They said that this drive and the NST-260SU drives are supposed to come with carrying cases. They offered to send me one for free. That was great, but it was too late for me, though. I already returned the drive.

Before that, I chatted with Newegg support. All they could do was quote information from the website and tell me to talk to the manufacturer. That was disappointing.

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VANTEC NexStar 3 NST-280S3-BK Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good, but no carrying case 01/17/2012

This review is from: VANTEC NexStar 3 NST-280S3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: USB 3.0 speeds
A to A connector (better compatibility with USB 2.0)
Works well with my MacBook Pro
Stable (so far)
Double-connector USB cable for power hungry drives.

Cons: Not what is pictured.
No carrying case (I like those with my other NexStar 3 drives)

Other Thoughts: I have 3 other NexStar USB 2.0 drives +/- eSATA connectors, and they all work great. I like the carrying cases that come with them. They're perfect for storing the drive on a dusty shelf or dropping in the safe deposit box for an off-site backup. I bought this in preparation for a (distant) future computer with a USB 3.0 connector, but the cost was no eSATA connector, and no carrying case (which is pictured). The previous reviewer commented on the lack of a Micro-B connector, but I like the type A connector for compatibility with USB 2.0 cables (albeit at USB 2.0 speeds).

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Bruce G.'s Profile

Display Name: Bruce G.

Date Joined: 05/23/04

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  • First Review: 01/11/12
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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