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Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station Review



The Thermaltake BlacX 5G is an amazing external transfer solution. I was impressed with the early USB 3.0 results at CES and I am even more impressed with them now. The transfer speeds and real world tests were almost dead on with internal and eSATA speeds. They, by far, trumped the aging USB 2.0 tests with no prejudice. If you look at the real time transfer tests, which is what this dock is all about (transferring files), the slowest time it took to transfer a 1GB file was 10.8 seconds on the 3.5 inch hard drive. The USB 2.0 version of the Thermaltake BlacX and the EZ-Dock with a USB 2.0 connection both took over 27 seconds for the same file to the same drive. That is almost two thirds faster in transferring the 1GB file with the new USB 3.0 specifications.

The openness of the BlacX series has been perfect for those of us who need to swap disks quickly without having to unscrew an enclosure and replace the drive. This makes cloning, backing up, and more a snap with the insert and go style. I also commend Thermaltake for including the silicone sleeves. While this may seem simple, having the added layer of protection makes worrying about your precious hardware a little less. If you need a quick and fast external solution, then the Thermaltake BlacX 5G is the device to go to. If you are already an original BlacX user I highly recommend upgrading to the newer version. The faster USB 3.0 speeds will blow you away.



  • Fast transfers up to 5Gbps matching internal SATA
  • Supports new SATA 3.0 drives
  • Supports both 2.5" and 3.5" drives
  • Works with HDD and SDD drives
  • USB 2.0 compatible for older boards.
  • Open dock design for quick drive swapping
  • Silicone hard drive protectors



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