Provided by: Vantec
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Price: $89.99 USD (Newegg.com)
At $89.99, the Vantec NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock falls into the enthusiast category of HDD WiFi Dock.
The Vantec NexStar NST-D300WS3 WiFi dock is small and lightweight, but feature wise, it is a heavy weight. The USB 3.0 transfer rates are impressively faster than typical USB 3.0 hard drive docks and the Wireless implementation is very effective. A modern home office has more than one computer, so wireless access is simply a much faster and convenient way to share data. Add the NexStar WiFi app on an iOS or Android phone and the network expands even further. Modern HDTVs, as well as media players with UPNP capability, can also easily connect to the NexStar WiFi dock and stream media. If placed strategically in a room, you certainly do not even need to move the WiFi dock around to gain access. With the inclusion of network access point functionality, each individual device can remain connected to the Internet, as well. It is practically a necessity for any modern office to have connectivity this fluid to increase productivity and workflow.
Swapping out drives is swift and easy with the use of the extra large drive-ejection button. In fact, some might find it too large and obvious, protruding about an inch off the top. The power and status LED is also particularly bright and is enough to act as a night-light illuminating a room at night. Transporting the NexStar NST-D300WS3 WiFi dock itself is not an issue as it is very light and simply just sits on top of any table with no problems staying upright due to the wide base. Additional non-slip supports underneath also ensure that it stays put.
The Vantec NexStar WiFi NST-D300WS3 dock uses an ASMedia ASM1053 USB to SATA chip and it does an impressive job, as seen in the benchmarks. This chip has its limitations, however, namely being limited to SATA 1.5/3.0 Gbps speeds. Vantec offers an alternative SATA 6Gbps version carrying the model number NST-D306WS3, which most likely uses the ASMedia ASM1053E chip, so users who want the absolute SATA 6Gbps performance should opt for the NST-D306WS3 version.
Overall, the Vantec NexStar NST-D300WS3 WiFi is a convenient little device that simplifies workflow and goes beyond the capabilities of a typical hard drive dock. Both the NexStar WiFi hardware and app were intuitive and easy to use, which made file transfers and media streams across all platforms run without any hassles. Users looking for a low-cost storage solution which can contribute greatly to small-office productivity and streamlined data sharing will find the NexStar NST-D300WS3 an essential office tool.