NT2 U3

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USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
NiKK Tech Platinum Award

NT2 U3

The ultra compact design of the NT2 makes this dual-bay RAID storage enclosure one of the smallest in the market, yet it still packs a punch when it comes to flexibility and performance. Installing the 3.5" hard drives is quick and easy, thanks to the screwless design. By incorporating USB 3.0 SuperSpeed technology, AKiTiO's NT2 U3 is able to break the USB 2.0 barrier, delivering up to 10 times the speed of the older USB connection. At the same time, it is still backwards compatible with the widely used USB 2.0 technology.

  • Configurable RAID function (Non-RAID, RAID 0, RAID 1)
  • Supports large volumes in excess of 2TB
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Compact and screwless design for easy HDD installation
  • Built-in fan (4000RPM) for extra cooling
  • Security lock slot

Compact & Screwless Design

The small footprint and screwless design makes this the ideal storage expansion for your crowded desktop. In a matter of seconds, hard drives can be installed or replaced without any extra tools.

NT2 U3 Overview

Dual-Bay RAID Storage Enclosure

The NT2 is designed to house up to two 3.5" SATA hard drives with the option to setup your drives according to your own preferences. For data security select RAID 1 (mirror copy), for performance select RAID 0 and to create two independent volumes, select Non-RAID.

NT2 U3 Overview

NT2 U3

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • BSMI

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum housing

  • Up to two 3.5" SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III hard disk drives

  • Capacity 80GB - 8TB per HDD

  • For RAID 0 & 1, two hard drives of identical capacity are recommended

  • Non-RAID

  • RAID 0 striping

  • RAID 1 mirroring

  • 1x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)

  • USB 3.0 up to 5Gbps (625MB/s)

  • USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps (60MB/s)

  • USB 3.0: Windows XP or above

  • USB 2.0: Windows XP or above

  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or PCI card)

  • USB 3.0: Mac OS 10.7 or above

  • USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.2 or above

  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or PCI card)

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz

  • Output: DC +12V/3A

  • 19.3 dB(A)

  • 7.2 inches x 4.8 inches x 3.2 inches

  • 18.2cm x 12.3cm x 8.1cm

  • NT2 enclosure (HDD not included)

  • USB 3.0 cable

  • Power adapter

  • User manual

  • Retail Box Size: 10.6 x 8.8 x 5.1 in. (27 x 22.4 x 13 cm)

  • Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 22.4 x 16.5 x 9.8 in. (57 x 42 x 25 cm)

  • In order for the computer to access volumes larger than 2TB, both the hardware and Operating System need to support large volumes (e.g.: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4 and above).


So we are basically talking about a very fast, small and rather low-cost dual bay USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure and since numbers don't lie there's really not much to add. Bottom line if you are looking to get such an enclosure then look no more (at least something better finds its way onto our test bench) since i doubt there's something faster at this moment in time and that's also why the NT2U3 USB 3.0 Dual Bay RAID Enclosure gets our Platinum Award. Read More...

Nik Kastrantas - NiKK Tech (August 9, 2012)