StarTech.com Infosafe 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure & PCIe 2 Port USB 3.0 Card Adapter Review

Editor: Vinh Thai  Date: 22-07-10   0 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

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
MSRP:
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 usersí 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)


About StarTech.com:

Since 1985 StarTech.com has provided a complete range of IT and A/V products for a diverse customer base that spans many channels, including government, education and industrial facilities to name just a few. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive information in order to simplify your purchasing process and to ensure that the solutions you need are available when and where you need them.

While every StarTech.com product offers uncompromising quality and workmanship, we never lose sight of our customers' individual needs - our free, live pre and post sales and technical support are second to none.

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Save time and money by sourcing all your connectivity, technology and hard-to-find parts from on/e convenient source. With over 2000 products in 43 product lines, youíre sure to find the right parts to complete your next solution. Thatís why over 40,000 resellers worldwide have trusted StarTech.com products since 1985.

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Free, live, lifetime support from our North American-based team of technical specialists takes the worry out of completing your solutions. Receive immediate answers to your questions over the phone or receive a response by email within two hours during regular business hours, guaranteed!

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Our award-winning web site simplifies the process of finding the parts you need and puts you one click away from sourcing them, 24 hours a day. Over 1.2 million tech-savvy people a year visit our web site to enjoy the industryís most comprehensive source of product specifications and exclusive online resources.


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