This year, 2011, will see a large transition take place in the USB interface we've all come to love and adopt for most of our gadgets. The successor to USB 2.0 is USB 3.0, which has now been on the market for just over a year and is starting to see widespread adoption in many new computer peripherals and electronic devices. USB 3.0 will usher in faster speeds - nearly ten times those of USB 2.0, while remaining fully backwards compatible with all legacy USB devices.
When you're making the move to USB 3.0 remember that your existing USB ports are not compatible with it. This includes those handy front-mounted USB ports on your computer case. Although USB 3.0 is fully backwards compatible with legacy USB devices, in order to take advantage of it's full speed you'll need a USB 3.0 expansion card or port on your motherboard, a cable, and a device on the other end that also supports USB 3.0. If you've just made the move and installed a USB 3.0 card in your system, or perhaps upgraded to a new computer that has USB 3.0 on the motherboard, then it's a great time to add some USB 3.0 ports to the front of your case for convenience.
Silverstone's FP36 will only run you about $20CDN and is a wonderfully high quality 3.5" bay device that gives you two front-mounted USB 3.0 ports, and is also capable of holding two 2.5" HDD's or SSD's on the inside of your case. This really makes it a great and affordable device to bring your case up to speed with support for both the latest USB interface and the latest storage trend, SSD's.