USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!
The NexStar 3.1 comes in a nice retail box that is not much larger than the unit itself. On the front of the box there is a photo of the enclosure and some of the main features are listed.
On the back there is a full list of specifications, features, and system requirements.
Opening the box up inside you will find the NexStar 3.1 enclosure, USB 3.1 cable, mounting screws, and a installation guide. For those wondering the end of the USB cable that goes into your computer is a Type-A connection.