Finally, a USB hard drive adapter we can get behind. I’ve had bad luck with USB drive adapters in the past, including one from Inland Products that actually set my hard drive on fire. Brando’s new adapter, though, seems to be pretty sweet.
The new adapter takes advantage of USB3.0’s much higher SuperSpeed 5Gbps data transmission rates (as opposed the the maximum throughput of USB2.0, down at 480Mbps). There’s still the speed of the hard drive itself to take into account, but Brando claims a 3-4x overall time decrease in moving files from your computer to your 2.5 or 3.5-inch drive. Not bad. The downside? Well, USB doesn’t carry enough power to run a 3.5-inch drive, so you’ll need to plug in an external power adapter. It’s also $48. Pricey now, but that will come down as USB3.0 becomes more and more popular. We can’t wait.