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ULTRA Stackables Review

Former staff writer    -   December 20, 2007
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Testing:

HD Tune 2.53 will be used to measure transfer rates across the Ultra connections available (USB 2.0/E-SATA/FireWire) where applicable. Baseline results will be acquired with the hardware installed in the system below.


Testing Setup:

 

Hardware used in Stackables:

  • Seagate 400GB SATA
  • Seagate 120GB IDE
  • FujiFilm 256MB xD Picture Card
  • Impact 1GB SD Picture Card

 

Stackable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 2.0 & E-SATA

 

E-SATA is the way to go if you are planning on using external storage. Benchmarks are as if it is an internal drive with the benefits of hot-swap ability. USB2.0 transfer rates are on par with what they should be.

 

Stackable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 2.0 & Firewire

 

USB 2.0 takes a small lead over FireWire. If you have the need for an IDE external drive, look for USB 2.0 connectivity. CPU usage is high as well with the data having to travel over the USB bus.

 

Stackable All-In-1 Card Reader & USB 2.0 Hub

 

The All-In-One Card Reader & USB 2.0 Hub is personally the most used of all the Stackables in my setup. The sheer number of digital photos I am working with on a daily basis, with reviews as well as four kids, two dogs, and three cats, this has been a time saver, and I do not know why I hadn't grabbed one before. The access time is high on the xD card since USB card readers do not provide direct access to the flash memory on xD memory cards.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (External Hard Drives)
  3. Closer Look (All-in-One Card Reader & Power Supply)
  4. Installation
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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