|Vantec Nexstar GX USB Drive Enclosure and Hub
"Founded in 1994, Vantec is recognized as one of the premier thermal solutions leaders. We are devoted to manufacturing and developing total PC solutions for every computer user, from mainstream to enthusiast. Utilizing our technical expertise and innovative designs, we are constantly expanding our product line to offer advanced computer peripheral to meet the personal and industrial needs of modern computer users. Our primary goal is to create viable solutions to satisfy the consumer's needs. Offering complete and affordable ways to upgrade and maintain your personal computer, Vantec is a name you can trust for quality and reliability. At Vantec, our mission is to produce the best thermal solutions on the market. Vantec produces quality products that help you keep your system cool."
The previous quote is taken from the Vantec website, and serves as a good introduction to a new sponsor (but familiar name) to Bigbruin.com. Vantec sent over a Portable USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure made to hold any 3.5" drive. The Nexstar GX has many features not found in average external enclosures, and here is how Vantec describes it...
"The Nexstar GX provides the next generation of external hard drive enclosures. More than conveniently allowing added storage, the NexStar GX increases expandability by integrating a powered USB hub. Using a specially designed SMART active/passive cooling system ensures that your drive stays cool and functioning optimally. The Nexstar GX utilizes high speed USB 2.0, offering speeds up to 480 Mbps, 40 times the speed of USB 1.1! Smart and expandable, the Nexstar GX is the ideal way to store and transfer your data."
The Nexstar GX definitely isn't your typical USB drive enclosure, and before we take a look at the unit itself, let's look at some published data from the Vantec website...
• Smart Cooling
• USB 2.0 Hub
• Smart Power
• Passive Heat Sink
• Micro Security Slot
• 3.5" IDE (Parallel ATA) Hard Drive, ATA-6 Compatible
• USB 2.0 High Speed (USB 1.1) 1 port(4 pin)
• 1 Port upstream (B Type)/3 Ports downstream (A Type)
• Windows Requirements:
• USB 2.0: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
• USB 1.1: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
• Mac Requirements:
• USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.2 or higher
• USB 1.1: Mac OS 9.1 or higher
• Power Supply:
• Universal auto-switching external power adapter
• Input: AC 100-240V, 1.2A, 50-60Hz
• Output: DC +5/1.5A, +12V/1.5A
• Enclosure Dimensions:
• 16.51 x 16.51 x 5.08cm