Take a walk over to the hard drive enclosure aisle at your favorite computer store, chances are you will find many different models of enclosures from many different companies. At my local retailer there are companies like Icy Dock, Themaltake, Antec, Kingwin, Coolmax and many others that I can’t think of right now. Its about as clustered as the motherboard aisle. All these various models have some form of gimmick to get you to choose their models. Chances are you have come across Vantec and their units as well. Vantec is known to have a very sleek and shiny enclosure which would include the NexStar line.
Vantec has added another member to the NexStar 360 lineup. The 3i boasts some things that we have not seen from Vantec in their many ages in the industry. In the past year or so we have seen motherboards feature energy efficiency, now we have it in hard drive enclosures. The 3i has an integrated controller that can regulate power to the drive resulting in less power consumption, less noise and longer drive life. Adding the real reason why we buy hard drive enclosures, which is for data storage, the new Vantec housing may be worth taking a look at.
Vantec brief us on the 3i
With the advent and subsequent popularity of portable computers, power management of system components has become an important issue. The NexStar 3i Power Management Enclosure can reduce energy consumption and cooling costs, reduce noise, and prolong the life of hard drive. Less electricity consumption with three intelligent power management modes: Idle, Stand By, and Power Down. The NexStar 3i utilizes USB 2.0, offering speed up to 480 Mbps, and it is an ideal way to store and transfer large amounts of data in an enclosure that matches your style!