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Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Dock Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQz-9RJHFKMF5nNf_lqCJnZhwxP6HOMMcbZN7vxAxS2S0MPI_I&t=1&usg=__U4MIG0OZU0IyPTds86I-Y7wX9fg=Today we bring you a must have product for any USB 3.0 user. We reviewers and others involved in the commercial computer industry know how annoying it can be having to switch hard drives in and out on a daily base. When dealing with this you are looking at lost time or potential damage. For the consumer with no space for hard drive left in their computer, this is an excellent addition to your desk. With the new USB 3.0's capability, you're looking at ridiculously fast transfer speeds. Let’s check out the Thermaltake BlacX 5G:

 

Provided by: Thermaltake

Price: $47.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed – Maximum Transfer Rate up to 5.0 Gbps.
Backward-Compatible with USB 2.0 (Max: 480 Mbps) & 1.1 (Max: 12 Mbps).

Premium Shielded USB 3.0 Cable – Corrosion Resistant Plating & Heavy Gauge Wires for Years of Reliable Use. .

Plug & Play Installation – Ready to Work in seconds, No Software needed.
Supports 2.5” & 3.5” SATA I/II/3.0 & SSD Hard Drives up to 2 TB.
Hot-Swap Capability for Rapid Multi HDDs Access & Exchange.
Trendy Docking Station Design maximizes Heat Dissipation & Exhaust.
Windows & Mac OS Compatible.
Windows 7 – 32 & 64-bit Ready !
Supports SATA III (6 Gb/s) Hard Drives with maximum speed up to 5.0 Gb/s (maximum theoretical speed offered by USB 3.0).

 

 


 

 

Enclosure Interface    SATA / SSD to USB 3.0
Transfer Rate    USB 3.0: up to 5Gbps
HDD Compatible    SATA I / II / III & SSD
HDD Capacity    All Standard 2.5” or 3.5” SATA & SSD Hard Drives
OS Compatible    Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000
Mac 10.3 and later
Material    ABS Plastic
Power   

Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz ; Output: 12V / 2A

Dimension    136 (W) x 73 (D) x 88 (H) mm
5.35 (W) x 2.87 (D) x 3.46 (H) inch
Accessory   

USB 3.0 Cable
Power Adaptor (CE, FCC, GOST R Certified)
HDD Silicon Jacket - 3.5" (x1) & 2.5" (x1)

Fan    N/A
Weight    312 g / 0.69 lbs
Special Features    *Supports SATA III (6 Gb/s) Hard Drives with maximum speed up to 5.0 Gb/s (maximum theoretical speed offered by USB 3.0).

 

Testing:
I will by using a 320GB hard drive in the docking station and then running the same tests that we always use for Enclosures. I will time the speeds using a stopwatch; I will be transferring a 143mb WMV file to the hard drive and then back. For a comparison to USB 2.0 I will be doing the same test but through USB 2.0 instead of 3.0.

USB 3.0:
USB 3.0 copy to BlakcX 5G: 7.6 Secs.
USB 3.0 copy from BlakcX 5G: 1.2 secs.

USB 2.0
USB 2.0 C Drive to External: 54.1 secs.
USB 2.0 C Drive from External: 8 secs.

Conclusion:
Overall The Thermaltake Blacx 5G is a great product, with much improvements from the  BlacX. I love the features and how it gives you the ability to put in different sized hard drives. Another point I really liked is the use of an eject button it makes you feel like your taking it out properly, unlike other ones were you have to pull it out and your scared your going to break it.

Would I recommend this product? Defiantly, it is well made and simple to use. This isn't something I'd say that is 100% necessary for your computer, but it is defiantly an excellent  product in the right hands.

Pro's:
  • Simple
  • Eject Button
  • USB 3.0
  • Great Speeds
Con's:
  • Driver is VERY!!! hard to find online


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