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Review: Nexcopy 3.0 USB Duplicator

Review: Nexcopy 3.0 USB Duplicator

EverythingUSB posted a review of the Nexcopy 3.0 USB Duplicator with a bunch of “thumbs up” marks.  Lets take a closer look.

As far as USB duplicators go, the Nexcopy SSUSB160PC is actually pretty stylish. Its form certainly flows from its function, but Nexcopy has made it to look in a German engineered car sort of way. Because of this form from function design, it is rather rectangular with flat boxy sides. However, Nexcopy did add in some flare where they could. For example, having the top slope downwards from back to front does give it a more aggressive styling. This dash of styling does makes it even more functional as sticking in the 16 flash drives into the 16 USB 3.0 ports on that self same top is actually easier when they are slightly offset in the vertical plane. It’s also a lot easier to check all 32 status lights for the 16 ports (red for bad, green for good).

Where the Nexcopy USB 3.0 duplicator is a serious tool meant for serious work, there is no plastic fascia to be found anywhere. It is made from metal and metal only. Once again, Nexcopy did manage to sneak in some pizazz by having the front’s company logo be CnC’ed milled out. This allows air to be sucked in from the front (as well as the sides through copious amounts of air holes), flow over the internals and then be exhausted out the back of the case via the rear fan. This is a great example of form and function done properly.

I first made an image file of my minted Windows 7 64-bit installation flash drive using the included basic software. (As a note, professional version or upgraded version of the software includes the ability to write protect drives, partition drives or set them as USB CD-ROM devices.) When that was completed, I setup a new batch job; pointed the software at the location of the newly created .IMG file on my hard drive; and then took the 30 or seconds to plug in all 16 flash drives; and got down to business. With about another 30 seconds work, I had set in motion a 16 way duplication process. I then sat back and waited. In grand total, it took a bit over 11 minutes from the moment I started the copy process (not including image file creation) to the moment I had 16 USB drives imaged. This isn’t too shabby considering it’s a total of 128GB of data, but I was expecting better performance.

The Nexcopy 3.0 USB duplicator really is a force multiplier and the more you use it for the same task the faster the process will get. After all, a good portion of time it took in testing was the setup phase. Once that is taken care of, the USB 3.0 duplicator can churn out 16 flash drives with custom images about as fast you would like. The faster those flash drives, the faster it will complete its task. In other words, if time is money, then the SSUSB160PC is a veritable money printing machine.

For the full Nexcopy 3.0 USB Duplicator review head over to EverythingUSB for a look.

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