Products on Review:
1. StarTech.com InfoSafe 2.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure (SAT2510BU3)
2. StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter (PEXUSB3S2)
Manufacturer and Sponsor: StarTech.com
1. £41.11 (inc. VAT) or USD$46.99
2. £36.41 (inc. VAT) or USD$44.99
Street Prices: approx. USD$30 each
With ease-of-use as one their most important values, StarTech.com seeks to simplify every computer users’ life by offering a complete range of computer products. From their vast catalogue, today, we will be examining two of their recent products: the StarTech.com 2.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure (SAT2510BU3) and the StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter (PEXUSB3S2).
From the name of these products, we see that both feature the new USB 3.0. This new version of USB offers many advantages over the currently popular USB 2.0. With a theoretical transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps, USB 3.0 allows high bandwidth computer devices, like SATA hard drives installed into a StarTech.com 2.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure (SAT2510BU3), to run at their full potential. Also, USB 3.0 provides up-to 900 mA to devices, which ensures that most 2.5in hard drives can be powered via a single USB 3.0 port.
StarTech.com 2.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure (SAT2510BU3)
Nevertheless, USB 3.0 is still fairly new and adoption has not been very rapid. Even today, the motherboard pin-out for the internal USB 3.0 connector has not yet been decided.
Still, knowing the advantages of USB 3.0 over USB 2.0, many users might want to add USB 3.0 support to their current systems without purchasing a new motherboard. The StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter (PEXUSB3S2) might be the ticket for these users. This card adapter can be installed into a vacant PCIe slot and gives the user two USB 3.0 ports. With USB 3.0 compatible devices, these users will be able to take full advantage of them.
Both of the previously mentioned StarTech.com products will be further examined in the following pages.
StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter[/url] (PEXUSB3S2)
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