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Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station Review

ajmatson    -   May 5, 2008
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Conclusion:

Well, I must say I quite like the Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station. Transfer speeds were the same or better than the two traditional style enclosures that it was compared to. The ability to hot swap not only 3.5" hard drives, but 2.5" notebook drives as well, makes this unit a must-have for a computer enthusiast. Most enclosures are built for a certain size drive and take some work swapping them out, but with the Thermaltake BlacX, you just push the eject button and place a new drive into the docking station. This is especially good for transferring files from an old drive to an upgraded one with ease. One thing I liked is the fact that there are no fans, meaning it is very quiet when in use.

The only thing that worries me with the Thermaltake BlacX, is that when a hard drive is installed, the majority of it remains uncovered outside of the dock. This leaves the PC board and critical components open to dust and other items that may cause shorts, or other damage with no protection. Also, the power cord has to be the shortest cord I have ever seen. Even the USB 2.0 cable is longer than the power cord. This makes it difficult to place without an extension cord or power brick. I was also surprised that there was no eSATA connection available, which would greatly increase speeds. This should be a 'must', since it is a connection that is more common for external hard drive enclosures now. At $35.99 for this dock, this would be a wise investment for anyone who changes computer drive frequently. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick back-up solution.

 

Pros:

  • Hot-Swappable.
  • Supports 2.5" and 3.5" drives.
  • Works with Windows Vista.
  • Supports up to 1TB drives.
  • Very quiet in operation.

 

Cons:

  • Drive is exposed.
  • Very short power cord.
  • No eSATA port.

 

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