Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock NST-D300S3 review: Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock NST-D300S3

Performance
We were happy with the Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock's performance. We tested it with Windows 7 64-bit and a few different internal hard drives.

When tested with a USB 3.0 connection, the device registered sustained throughput speeds of 99.8MBps for the write test and 113.1MBps for the read test. When used with a USB 2.0 port, the NexStar also did well with 26.71 MBps (write) and 37.8MBps (read). These score were within the average of the fastest USB 2.0 external hard drives we've tested.

CNET Labs external hard drive performance scores (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Western Digital My Book 3.0
108.8 
106.6 
Vantec NexStar USB 3.0 HDD Dock
113.1 
99.8 
Vantec NexStar USB 3.0 HDD Dock (via USB 2.0 port)
37.8 
26.7 

The Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock worked smoothly during our testing without any hiccups.

Service and support
You won't need much help with the Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock, but in case you do it comes with a one-year warranty. Vantec's toll tech support phone is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. PT. The company's Web site includes an FAQ section, a searchable knowledgebase, and an RMA center.

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