Out of FOUR different HDD/SSD enclosures I purchased, THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!!9/27/2016 6:30:28 PM

Pros: FAST transfer times! Very Sturdy Construction! (Aluminum and plastic.) Housing is aluminum.

Cons: The LED light is pretty bright. I have to give the other reviewers that one. Boxy design.

Overall Review: I purchased FOUR different USB 3.0 HDD/SSD enclosures (Sabrent EC-UK30, Sabrent EC-RDBL, Rosewill RX203, and this VANTEC model) at the same time and ALL of them were priced under $17. For the price and the rugged design, THIS ONE is my favorite. All of them perform similarly speed-wise. The Sabrent RDBL is my favorite for looks; it's blue and has the smallest footprint of all. This VANTEC has one feature which I really love! The PC board (with the included screws) can be attached to the HDD/SSD!!! No more wondering if something has come loose with the connection from the PCB to the HDD/SSD. I should mention that the HDD/SSD sits in a tray with the PCB. The tray is made of plastic. The aluminum DOES dissipate heat very well in spite of this design. With ALL of the screws included and in place, you should not have to be concerned about vibrations from the actual HDD itself. I recommend this enclosure for people who want a ruggedly constructed HDD/SSD enclosure that dissipates heat very well and leaves very little room if ANY for disconnects. BTW I have read in these reviews and other places that people have had issues with enclosures "disconnecting" during a transfer or during regular use. Since the reviews lack info on the actual HDDs themselves, it should be pointed out that HDDs that run with more than 5400 rpm REQUIRE more power. Most motherboards and all non-powered USB hubs DO NOT supply enough amps to run these high rpm drives. By the reviewer's accounts, the problems that they encountered with the drive "disconnecting" is exactly what happens with an underpowered HDD. (I encountered the SAME problems many years ago under USB 2.0.) The fix is to buy a POWERED USB 3.0 HUB to provide enough amperes for the high spinning drives. These drives will still spin when underpowered, but they will not provide data throughput. That is often the confusing part.

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"Stylish" and they mean it!9/24/2016 7:15:44 PM

Pros: Lightweight! Elegant! (Okay, Stylish) Shiny! (NOT a matte finish.) Works right out of the box on a Dell Studio 1537 (Win 10) and an HP 8470p (Win 7)!

Cons: At this point, I haven't found any.

Overall Review: The speed is what is to be expected for USB 3.0 with whatever limitations are inherently built into the respective HDDs I own. It IS a plastic case. This is my first venture into this area. Normally, I prefer aluminum housings for the heat dissipation, but I haven't had any issue with this yet. No melting whatsoever. This item HAS a power switch! There are pros and cons BOTH with an external power switch, but the cons tend to be the fact that I have not acclimated to having an ON/OFF switch. Once you ask yourself about 2-5 times, "why am I not seeing the drive in Windows?" You realize that you forgot there IS a power switch and it needs to be turned ON before you see it in Windows. Honestly, I like the fact that this model HAS a power switch. I do NOT have to disconnect the drive every time I no longer wish to use the drive. I just do the normal EJECT function for USB items and then power it off. IN the end, this will save my drive in "total hours ON". It should extend the life of my HDD. "SHOULD"! I recommend this housing for someone who is looking for an inexpensive sleek, stylish, and elegant looking HDD enclosure. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that it IS plastic.

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9/24/2016 6:56:37 PM

Pros: Has girth to it compared to the Ultra 4 & 7 port hubs (USB 2.0) I bought about 5 years ago from Newegg. Those are still going strong. BUT this has some "meat" to it that allows me to hold it without messing with the actual plugs (plugged in items). The design is EXCELLENT!!! They positioned the outlets so you can plug any size USB plug into it without interference OR without sacrificing one or two of the ports because your Flash drive company decided to be artsy in their design and gave you an otherwise needlessly WIDE USB Flash drive. The picture displays this, but in my case, I was VERY happy with this design feature upon using the hub. It does what it is supposed to and looks elegant. If you want "heft", then purchase a stand-up USB 3.0 hub that costs in the $30-50+ range. BOTH the USB cab;es (one power & the other data) are 3 ft in length. This model comes with a WHITE data cable and a BLACK power cable.

Cons: The true color is a "dirty" white or light grey. I do not own a Mac with which to compare the color. I was expecting a "white" as pictured here. (It looks BRIGHT white!) The sale price IMHO does not allow for a 5V adapter to provide extra power. A power adapter that provides 3.6A at 5V would be nice for those power hungry 7200 rpm hard drives in enclosures (like the FIVE that I have and which is WHY I purchased these hubs for the USB 3.0 speeds!) IT DOES come with a USB power adapter which is ok if your motherboard has enough amps on one outlet. The finish on these has a silky feeling which is nice, BUT keep these in a cooler environment. Over time in a HOT environment, the finish MIGHT (and I stress MIGHT) melt slightly causing it to be sticky. I have seen this finish on several pieces of audio equipment which were left in an environment that reached temps in the 100+ degree category. They were sticky to say the least. That being said, if you want this device say, for an office in a garage that gets 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, it most likely will feel sticky in a year or so. Just saying'.

Overall Review: It works straight out of the box on a Dell Studio 1537 Core 2 Duo (Win 10) and an HP 8470p i5 3320M (Win 7). This one shipped from China. BE aware of that! I ordered a pair of black ones a week AFTER I bought this white version and the black ones arrived from Newegg BEFORE this "white" one by at least a week. As far as I can tell, while it is a plastic housing, it IS a strong plastic housing. I highly recommend this hub for anyone looking for a simple but elegant USB 3.0 hub.

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A NICE 4-port hub!9/22/2016 9:45:01 PM

Pros: Has girth to it compared to the Ultra 4 & 7 port hubs (USB 2.0) I bought about 5 years ago from Newegg. Those are still going strong. BUT this has some "meat" to it that allows me to hold it without messing with the actual plugs. The design is EXCELLENT!!! They positioned the outlets so you can plug any size USB plug into it without interference OR without sacrificing one or two of the ports because your Flash drive company decided to be artsy in their design and gave you an otherwise needlessly WIDE USB Flash drive. The picture displays this, but in my case, I was VERY happy with this design feature upon using the hub. It does what it is supposed to and looks elegant. If you want "heft", then purchase a stand-up USB 3.0 hub that costs in the $30-50 range.

Cons: The sale price IMHO does not allow for a 5V adapter to provide extra power. A power adapter that provides 3.6A at 5V would be nice for those power hungry 7200 rpm hard drives in enclosures (like the FIVE that I have and which is WHY I purchased these hubs for the USB 3.0 speeds!) The finish on these has a silky feeling which is nice, BUT keep these in a cooler environment. Over time in a HOT environment, the finish MIGHT (and I stress MIGHT) melt slightly causing it to be sticky. I have seen this finish on several pieces of audio equipment which were left in an environment that reached temps in the 100+ degree category. They were sticky to say the least. That being said, if you want this device say, for an office in a garage that gets 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, it most likely will feel sticky in a year or so. Just saying'.

Overall Review: I bought TWO of these while they were $4 off and they both work straight out of the box on a Dell Studio 1537 Core 2 Duo (Win 10) and an HP 8470p i5 3320M (Win 7). The black ones come from Newegg; the OTHER colors do ship from China. BE aware of that! I ordered a white one and while the listing now says that it is shipped from Hong Kong, it did not show that info on the listings that I perused on two different computers. (Newegg, for whatever reasons that happened, I could not say, but it seems that the listing has been corrected.) I highly recommend this hub for anyone looking for a simple but elegant USB 3.0 hub.

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This is a GREAT 8GB kit!9/20/2016 6:53:48 PM

Pros: I tested this memory out in an HP 8470p i5 Duo 3320M laptop. Max memory is 16GB. For whatever reason, I mistakenly bought this kit instead of 2 X 8GB sticks to max out the memory on my HP. I tested this and found that the memory is fast! Easy to install on my laptop. Cass Latency is 9 (CL9)! PC3L! The HP 8470p can take both PC3 & PC3L

Cons: Nothing.

Overall Review: This is Crucible memory (859B is the label for system BIOS). I took the liberty of testing the same process 4 times with different setups memory-wise. I timed the same process 4 times (registry scan for cleaning the registry of my laptop). The configurations varied but each had 8GB of memory. The first was an 8GB stick of Crucible memory with a CL of 11 & PC3L 12800. The 2nd was 4GB of Hynix CL12 PC3L 12800S AND 4GB of this Ballistix CL9 PC3L 12800. The 3rd was both (8GB) Ballistix CL9 PC3L 12800. The 4th was Ballistix CL9 PC3L 12800 AND Samsung CL11 PC3L 10600S. The final configuration was the Samsung PC3L 10600S CL11 AND the Hynix CL11 PC3L 12800. The Samsung memory lowered the speed because it clocks as the slowest (1333 MHz vs 1600 MHz) The fastest time for 1, 2, & 3 was 31 seconds for a full registry scan. The longest time was 48 seconds. Average was 34 for 1, & 2. The average for #3 was 33 seconds. The fastest time for 4 & 5 was 34 seconds. The slowest was 65 seconds. Average was 43 seconds. All that to say this...There was no appreciable difference between the CL9 and the CL11 at PC3L 12800. I tested both sticks WITH a Hynix 4GB stick (CL11, PC3L). No problems whatsoever. I thought there might be a problem running 2 sticks with different latencies? Nothing happened over several hours of operations. I mistakenly bought this thinking it to be a single 8GB stick. Rather than sending back and paying shipping and a restocking fee; I gave it to a friend as a gift for some work he did for me. He was very appreciative! While this is nice memory, I would say that speed-wise, I recommend buying the less expensive Crucible memory rather than paying a premium for the Crucible Ballistix Sport memory. I MUST mention that I am not a gamer. This is for routine small business applications. Hope this helps!

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Great lightweight little burner!9/20/2016 5:23:06 PM

Pros: I have burned only 2 discs with it thus far. Neither one is a coaster from the burning process. One disc was burned at 8X for 4.5 GB. The other was burned at the slowest speed for a Windows 7 clean installation. Both were Verbatim discs and both turned out without a hitch. I needed the Win 7 disc as my copy turned bad from scratches. I learned that you need to burn the disc at the slowest speed; otherwise, you get a "missing CD driver" error and you cannot do a clean installation. I LOVE the small footprint! Not much larger than a CD in its case. It is recognized in both Win7 (Dell Studio 1537, C2 Duo) and Win 10 (HP 8470p i5 3320, & Dell 1537 after Win 10 upgrade). Nero Burning ROM (2014) recognized it.

Cons: While the casing looks like it could be aluminum, it IS in fact, hard plastic. Caveat emptor if that is not your thing. The cord COULD be a bit longer. It is OK for my needs, but another foot wouldn't hurt

Overall Review: I HIGHLY recommend this unit for general purpose burning and playback. It is slim, sleek, and small. You just cannot beat the price at $4.00 or $7.00 off with the coupons offered periodically! I'm contemplating getting a 2nd one! I would give this 4.5-4.75 stars if I could! The plastic case is the only detraction for me.

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Love it!9/20/2016 5:02:03 PM

Pros: Fits the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid AND the WD Black Scorpion 1 TB drives! Love the small footprint! USB 3.0 cable is thick and sturdy! USB 3.0 cable is a good length (I estimate approx. 24 inches.) I love the color options for this enclosure. I picked blue. I LOVE the size. Very small profile and fits in my shirt pocket. It is literally the length of my cell phone and probably 1/2 inch wider than it. I have the Samsung Galaxy 3R.

Cons: Transfer rates are slow for USB 3.0 BUT FASTER than my 2.0 enclosures! I estimate double the speed from my 2.0 enclosures. It is NOT backward compatible to USB 2.0. (I was under the impression that USB 3.0 by its inherent design was backward compatible with USB 2.0, 1,1, & 1.0. I was wrong.) I plugged this into several different USB 2.0 outlets on a laptop (Dell Studio 1537 Core 2 Duo) running Win 7 with the most current updates and the device is not recognized. I plugged into a laptop (HP 8470p i5 running Win 10) with USB 3.0 outlets and everything is smooth. UPDATE 09/20/2016: I upgraded the Dell Studio 1537 to Windows 10 and NOW this unit is backward compatible to USB 2.0! So the problem in this case is Windows 7 on the Dell Studio 1537 laptop.

Overall Review: The blue LED indicator light is behind the plastic part of the enclosure on the side where the connector is located and indicates when the drive is being powered and spinning. Hope all this helps!

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Win 7 & Win 10!!!9/17/2016 4:12:02 PM

Pros: I have two laptops: Dell 1537 (Win 10) and an HP 8470p (Win 7). Both serve me well and this card is a good addition for both. Each has an eSATA port already onboard, but I have many external drives with eSATA capabilities (3 external HDD enclosures with USB 2.0 & eSATA.) I am currently upgrading to USB 3.0. This card helps me have all 3 external HDDs connected at SATA speeds. (I know; I know...eSATA and USB 3.0 are nearly the same speed.) I didn't want to do away with the old enclosures. On the Dell running Win 10, it installed seamlessly. I didn't even have to fool with the driver CD that came with the card. On the HP running Win 7, that was a different story. Basically, I got the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death for those who've never experienced it) when I inserted the card for the first time. Upon the ensuing reboot/restart, I went into the Device Manager and located the device that was having an issue. (There may be many, but the one you are looking for is the one labelled "Expresscard". I used the browse feature to point the updater to the CD drive that had the proper driver (I picked the WHOLE drive and checked the box that said "include subfolders".) The next thing I knew, I was up and running. So now I can have all 3 eSATA HDDs connected at the same time at way faster speed than USB 2.0! Of the testing that I have done with this card thus far, I haven't noticed any problems with the transfer speeds.

Cons: None that I can think of at this moment.

Overall Review: I've only had this a couple of days and really only sunk my teeth into it for a few hours before writing this review. It would have been nice if they at least put an extender panel on the side (so you cannot accidentally knock it loose.) I guess that means I gotta get those EC Bracket2 Stabilizers for 34 mm expresscards! Cheers all!

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Good! Lovin' it!8/20/2008 9:44:45 AM

Pros: Tested it to see if I got a DOA. 12 Gig transferred at less than 20 minutes with USB 2.0. They were some AVI files and they played back flawlessly. Erased easily as well. Guess I can send in the rebate info now.

Cons: The ONLY little problem is the fact that I didn't get the AES encryption version. Not a big problem since I don't use it, but I would like to have the choice especially since the drive was listed that way. I might get to a point where I need it. Nothing to complain about unless they actually sent the wrong product.

Overall Review: I have two 4 Gig Corsair Voyagers that I bought for about $20 each from Newegg.com and they have not failed me yet. I needed more space and they delivered another good product at yet another good price! I researched Flash drives before purchasing and the Corsair Voyager was mentioned as one of the best for speed and value. I agree! Pay a bit more and get reliability and consistency. At $35 for this one, who can argue the value when others are offering only a $10-20 rebate at $84.99 retail?!

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