The new USB 3.0 standard is becoming one of the common options found on the newer motherboards coming out. For those of us that are not quite ready to upgrade our motherboard; there are options out there to allow you to take advantage of the USB 3.0 with your older configurations. Today we are going to take a look at one of those options for laptop and netbook users, the 500 GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2.5″ External Hard Drive Geek Kit provided by Geeks.com.
If you do a lot of large file transfers (backups, videos, music, and so forth) from your PC to a USB storage device. You might find that it would be worth the extra cost of updating to a USB 3.0 setup. No matter if your on a standard PC with PCI slots, a slightly newer PC with PCI-E slots, or a Netbook / Laptop you can upgrade to USB 3.0 fairly easily. All you need to do is figure out which method you want to use. You can pick up a PCI or PCI-E SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2 port adapter card, or you can go for one of the Express Card options like we are going to look at today with the Geek Kit.
As we can see in the above photo. The 500GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2.5″ External Hard Drive Geek Kit comes with a USB 3.0 2-port Express Card, a USB 3.0 2.5″ External Hard Drive Enclosure, a USB 3.0 Cable, and a Samsung SpinPoint M7 HM500JI 500 GB SATA 2.5″ Hard Drive.
Looking at the math above, we can see that the Geek Kit from www.Geeks.com does save you some money. Granted the cable I have priced individually is actually a 6′ cable rather than the 3′ like the kit shows. Even without the cable added in, you would still be saving 10%.
Taking at look at the express card, we can see its a packaged in a blister pack (man I hate trying to open those). On the back side we will find the full list of features it offers.
Express Card Features:
The 2.5″ USB External Hard Drive Enclosure comes packed in a retail box listing the main features on the front. Flip the box around we find a full list of features and specifications.
Hard Drive Enclosure Features:
The Samsung 500GB Hard Drive comes packed OEM style. Rest assured though, everything comes very well packed in a thick black box to ensure none of the components receive any damage during shipping.
Hard Drive Features:
And last but surely not least we have the 3′ USB cable. Not much we can say about this is there?
USB Cable Features: