Kingwin EZ-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station Review


If you are like me chance are you have important data files strewn about over several computers, just waiting to be “accidentally” deleted by some “innocent” bystander. I say no more to this “what if” garbage, I need something that will back up all of my important files at the touch of a button. This is where the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station steps in. Finally, an easy-to-use solution that has enough room to hold what I need and is large enough that I don’t slip it in my pocket and run it through the wash. Is the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station the answer to my data backup conundrum? Or will it be an epic failure? Let’s find out:

Product provided by: Kingwin

Closer Look:

The design of the packaging looks very professional. There is a lot of information on the product, which is important for the users that have specifics in mind when trying to purchase the right item for them. One thing I do not like in packaging is when there isn’t a window, you cannot really judge how big or small a product will be from a picture on the side of a box. The little windows also look very professional when they are done with the proper packaging design. The reason for having a window is if someone picks the package up in the store they don’t have to rip your packaging apart in order to see the item. This leaves the item mangled on the shelf with rips and crumples, all the while making it so no one else wants to buy it either.

 
 
 

 

The Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station is very simple in its design and has everything you would need for backing up your information. There are options for both eSATA and USB which makes this unit compatible with virtually any computer. These options make life just a little bit easier which is what this type of product should do.

 

 
 
 
 

 

Included along with the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station is everything you need to get your started: USB and eSATA cables, power cable, manual, and driver/software cd.

 

 

 

 
Now let’s take a look at the software:Installation:
 
 

 

The software does not autorun when you put the disk in the drive you will need to navigate the disk a bit to find the setup file, but once you do the installation is very short and simple.

 

 
 

 

After the software is installed you can start up the program and you will see 4 icons in order to navigate the through the software. The first icon is the “Quick Launch” which is a simple backup wizard for your Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station.

 

 

 

 

The next icon to the right is a simplified version of windows explorer in order to backup individual drives or files to the Ez-Dock Hard Drive. This makes backing up drives very simple but complex enough to get it to do specific tasks like backing up individual files with ease.

 
 

 

The third tab is a little more advanced than the second, it is used to move files anywhere, and from any drive on your computer or off. This is great for more advanced users because they have full reign over their files from this window.

 

 

 

 

In the fourth icon you have all of the options at your fingertips, in order to tune the device to your needs. By setting up a specific hot key or keys you can back up specific folders of your liking and toggle what you want the Ez-Dock Hard Drive to do after it has completed its task. The device can even be toggled to only backup recently changed files to save you time after the backup is completed.

 

 

 
We have seen the great options this software offers, now let’s get a good look at the specs and features of this product:
Specifications:

 

  • Model #:                                EZD-2535W
  • H.D.D. Support:                    2.5” / 3.5” SATA Hard Disc
  • Dimension:                            133 (W) x 123 (L) x 62 (H) mm
  • Support OS:                          Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista Mac OS 10x & Above
  • Withstand voltage:               Input to output 1800Vac 3 sec. Input to ground 1800Vac 3 sec.
  • H.D.D. Capacity:                  Up To 1TB (Seagate up to 750GB)
  • Interface:                             USB 2.0 and ESATA
 Features:

 

  • 2.5” / 3.5” SATA Hard Drive Docking Station
  • Up to 480 Mbps Data Transfer Rate In USB
  • Up to 3.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate In ESATA
  • One Touch Back Up Function
  • Plug and Play
  • Rohs Compliant
Let’s get into the meat and see how well this enclosure stacks up against others in its market:
Testing Setup: 
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
  • Memory: OCZ SLI Ready 2 x 2GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia 260 GTX
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate

Testing:

 

 

In order to test the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station I will be running HD tune a popular hard drive benchmarking program. I will also be doing a time trial on a 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB file transfer for both the USB and eSATA options. In order to get a estimate of the enclosures quality I will be testing it against 2 other enclosures: the Thermaltake Vi-on and the Eagle Consus. Do to the fact the Consus is not eSATA compatible it will not be in the eSATA testing portion.

 

 

 HD Tune USB
 

Test

Kingwin EZ-Dock

Thermaltake Vi-on

Eagle Consus

Average Transfer Rate in MBs

28.8

28.9

28.9

Access Times in MBs

13.6

13.6

13.6

Burst Rate in MBs

27.6

27.6

27.5

CPU Usage

3.9%

4.2%

4.1%

 
File Transfer (Measured in Seconds)
 

 

Test

Kingwin EZ-Dock

Thermaltake Vi-on

Eagle Consus

10MB

.3

.5

.3

 100MB

6.3

6.5

6

500MB

31

28

30

 
 

 

The units seem to perform pretty much the same with only a few in discrepancies which is understandable. What I was looking for was to see if the Kingwin did any worse than the other two products and it performed exactly as it should have. If an enclosure is designed poorly you will see a major drop in bandwidth and burst rate. This next test for the eSata will show us an even better picture of how well the devices do.

 

 
 HD Tune eSATA
 

Test

Kingwin EZ-Dock

Thermaltake Vi-on

Eagle Consus

Average Transfer Rate in MBs

61.2

61.3

N/A

Access Times in MBs

13.3

13.3

N/A

Burst Rate in MBs

97.1

99.9

N/A

CPU Usage

6.3

1.8%

N/A

 

 

 
File Transfer (Measured in Seconds)
 

 

Test

Kingwin EZ-Dock

Thermaltake Vi-on

Eagle Consus

10MB

.3

.3

N/A

100MB

6.3

3.5

N/A

500MB

15

7

N/A

 

 

So in the end the Thermaltake Vi-on did take a slight lead in most of the benchmarks, but considering all of the things the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station does as opposed to the Thermaltake Vi-on, it held its own in most of the testing. Let’s see the final thoughts on this unit:

Conclusion: 

 

 

Over all the Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station is a fantastic product. The software included is impressive because it is very simple, while still including the important functionality of a more in-depth interface. The speeds, while not as fast as the Vi-on, where nothing to scoff at. The design of the Kingwin is much more practical than the Vi-on. I have knocked over my Thermaltake Vi-on on many occasions whereas the Kingwin EZ-dock has a much lower center of gravity. I love all the features the Kingwin offers especially the one touch back up feature.

 

So here is the important part: would I recommend this product? Definitely, the applications of this product are countless. Whether you want to backup your important data, or just toss a drive in to test, or run a virus scan, the  Kingwin Ez-Dock Hard Drive Docking Station is the ideal enclosure/docking station for any HDD based application.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Low Center of Gravity
  • Both USB and eSATA Compatible
  • Software Simplicity
  • One Touch Backup
  • Easy to Pop a 2.5 or 3.5 HDD in and out

Cons:

  • No Packaging Window to see What you are Buying (For Some)
  • Tiny bit Slower Then the Vi-on (This Barely Made it to the Con List)

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