Vantec NexStar 3i Power Management External Hard Disk Enclosure

By on April 24, 2009
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The NexStar 3i Enclosure   The enclosure comes is made out of aluminium, painted in white, with plastic ends featuring a chrome finish. Its’ dimensions are 198x125x33 mm, allowing it to hold a 3.5’ SATA I/II drive, with Vantec specifying a storage limit of 1.5TB. The top of the enclosure features the NexStar 3i logo, [...]

The NexStar 3i Enclosure

 

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The enclosure comes is made out of aluminium, painted in white, with plastic ends featuring a chrome finish. Its’ dimensions are 198x125x33 mm, allowing it to hold a 3.5’ SATA I/II drive, with Vantec specifying a storage limit of 1.5TB. The top of the enclosure features the NexStar 3i logo, while the bottom has four white rubber feet.

 

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The front panel features a Vantec logo which glows blue when the hard disk is active.

 

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A master power switch is located on the rear panel of the enclosure, next to the power adapter socket and USB 2.0 Type B socket.

 

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Over on the front face, we have 3 status LEDs. A green LED (Power Down) blinks to indicate when the hard disk is completely inactive after 5 minutes. An orange LED (Stand By) will light up if the hard disk isn’t active for 3 minutes and a red LED (Idle) will light up if there is no hard disk activity for 3 seconds. Those are going to be some pretty active lights!

 

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Opening up the enclosure, you’ll find a small PCB with an aluminium bracket to mount the HDD onto. Installation is very simple. A sticker with instructions on how to set up the LED cables is also present on the aluminium bracket.

 

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According to the label on the adapter, the maximum output power is 34 watts.

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