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VANTEC NexStar 3 NST-280S3-BK Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 1TB

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Form and functionality collide with style in the NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 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 External Hard Drive Enclosure.

  • newegg Support 2.5-inch Hard Drive The VANTEC NST-280S3-BK provides broad compatibility with all 2.5-inch hard drives to enable capacities of up to TB (7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, SSD).
  • newegg USB 3.0 The state-of-the-art USB 3.0 is capable of providing a bandwidth of about 5Gbps - around 10 times the bandwidth of the current USB 2.0. 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 charges USB-chargeable devices with 900mA, faster than the 500mA of current USB 2.0. Finally, the USB 3.0 helps to extend battery life, suspending operations when it is in idle mode.
  • newegg Aluminum Casing The solid aluminum body delivers excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.

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    • Return for replacement within: 1 year
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Extremely Good Enclosure

Pros: I not only use this enclosure at home but I also use it at work. At work these enclosures go thru extreme abuse from the shops and staff. I have both the 2.5 (N82E16817392038) and 3.5 (N82E16817392036) USB 3 enclosures at home and the 2.5 USB 3 at work. I have recommended the use of its prior 2.5 (N82E16817392009) USB 2 at workand for home. I've seem this enclosure dropped from a 2 story platform taking all the damage and the drive internal survived. Yes this drive has a USB A header on the drive making it unique BUT this header is way stronger than the week Micro USB 3 interface.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: At work we have had many types of external USB 2 and 3 drives. Most which of failed due to bad header interface and bad internal I/O chipset even though the drive was fine. I know I've ripped apart many, pulled and tested the drive which was still fine but when placed back into the enclosure was not picked up. I've never had that happen once using this series of Vantec NexStar and I personally have bought them for myself and family members and have had many of them (approx: 20) purchased for work used in both office and the industrial sections. The only one that failed was the one that was dropped from a second story onto concrete below. Which to me it didn't fail it actually protected the drive. What more can you ask for. Would I recommend this ... YES!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
3/ 5
Good External Encloure, Nasty Non-Standard USB3 connector

Pros: This is a great enclosure. I have been using the NexStar series for several years.

Cons: Originally the USB3 model used a standard Micro USB 3.0 B connector on the enclosure. However, recently they have switched to using a USB 3.0 A connector on the enclosure, which means that they have to ship a custom cable that cannot be easily replaced. For reasons I do not understand Vantec has been doing this across their entire line of products. Despite the quality fo the enclosure I am considering using enclosures made by other companies out of principle. When there is a standard everyone should use it.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
1/ 5
VANTEC Product No end of problems when used with USB3 ports

Pros: USB2 No Problem

Cons: As many here have said this enclosure is frustrating as when connected to a USB3 port it drops very often, also seems to require external power

Other Thoughts: In addition to this Vantec USB3 2.5 enclosure, I recently purchased a Vantec USB3 4 port hub(the smaller version, UGT-MH431U3-BK), it crashes the USB3 driver software & USB3 port on my laptop.

BOTTOM LINE = I will stay away from VANTEC products in the future

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5/ 5
Great little box
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1/ 5
Doesn't work with USB 3.0

Comments: I bought one of these about a year ago, primarily because of the USB 3.0 connectivity. I didn't have a 3.0 computer at the time, but wanted a "future proof" choice in anticipation of my next computer. I used the first one for months on 2.0 and it works well. I recently got a new laptop with 3.0, and purchased a second one. Unfortunately, it doesn't work at all reliably on the two 3.0 ports I have, with frequent dismounts and transfer errors. Works fine on 2.0 ports still.

I've gone to the Vantec website and gotten the upgrade firmware, and flashed both drives. It didn't fix the problem.

Note there are two versions of this drive. The older one, which I have, came with the carrying case. The nwer version does not. Maybe those who claim USB 3.0 works for them have the newer version, which may also have an updated chipset(?)

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Manufacturer Response:
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. We do provide a one year warranty from the date of purchase on your product, so feel free to get that exchanged for a brand new unit. Please contact support@vantecusa.com for further assistance.
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Not the same

Pros: Works.

Cons: No case, no power plug.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because I bought the SAME model back in 2010 and liked it. Unfortunately, they've changed it a bit. While the data plug is now standard USB 3.0, a plus, the unit no longer has the option for an external power source. Also, it no longer comes with a case. It /works/, so I'm not going to return it, but I'm not as likely to consider it in future.

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4/ 5
Good, but no carrying case

Comments: 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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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Good, but no carrying case

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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