Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station Reviewajmatson - October 6, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Thermaltake changed the way we swap hard drives in 2008, when they introduced the original BlacX Docking Station. They took it to the next level when they brought to us a dual drive configuration with the ability to read and write to two separate drives simultaneously with the BlacX Duet. The BlacX Duet also brought eSATA to the docks, giving us faster read and write speeds to the docked drives. Once more Thermaltake re-writes the dock design with newer technology that is designed to give us blazing fast transfer speeds - up to 5Gbps with the Thermaltake BlacX 5G. The BlacX 5G uses the new USB 3.0 interface found on newer motherboards and offers transfer speeds topping out at 5Gbps, which is a huge improvement over the limit of 480Mbps for USB 2.0, making USB 3.0 up to 10 times faster. The BlacX also supports Serial ATA drives with the new 3.0 specification which increases speeds up to 6Gbps, as well as SATA 2.0 and 1.0 drives. With the fast combination of the increased USB interface and the faster SATA 6Gbps drives this device is a force to be reckoned with. Now that I have you intrigued, let's tear it open and start looking at the dock in its glory.
The Thermaltake BlacX 5G comes packaged in the dark black and reddish themed box that Thermaltake has been using for some time. On the front there are the logos for the technology support, including USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0Gbps. There is also a picture of the dock with a drive in it. Flipping over to the rear there is a list of some of the features in an impressive twelve different languages. On the sides is where most of the useful information is stated. The left side displays a breakdown of the features of the BlacX 5G as well as some pictures showing how the features work and what is included with the dock. On the right is a listing of the specifications for the Thermaltake BlacX 5G, which will be listed for you later in the review.
Once everything is removed from the box you can see what sets the BlacX 5G apart. Included with the dock itself is a power cable, a blue USB 3.0 cable, the instructions, warranty, and two silicone protectors for your hard drives which we will take a better look at in a minute.
Now that everything is out of the box, we can see how the drive works.