If I never see another hard drive enclosure, I’ll be a very happy man. It seems that the market is absolutely flooded with these things. The worst part is that nobody seems to be doing anything different with these products; they look all the same! Well, leave it to Thermaltake to do something different. They’ve put a spin on the hard drive enclosure by using an upright docking station design. Although it looks like it will be only a matter of time till the market is flooded with similar products, Thermaltake seems to have done it first. Let’s check it out!
The Thermaltake BlacX SATA USB Hard Drive Docking Station (say that ten times fast) is the breath of fresh air that the market needs. The unit supports both 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA hard drives and attaches to your computer via the ever pervasive USB connection. With a tool free setup, just dock your chosen hard drive in and you’re ready to roll.
Features and Specifications
The BlacX supports all 2.5” & 3.5” SATA HDDs up to 1TB. With hot-swap support, it makes it easy to switch out drives as needed. The USB 2.0 interface makes the unit extremely compatible and provides 480Mbps of bandwidth. The open design provides great ventilation The BlacX is Windows & Mac OS Compatible out of the box.
What’s In The Box?
The BlacX comes with the dock itself, power adapter, and a USB cable. One of the things that Thermaltake does well is their documentation and it shows in the small, but well illustrated manual.
One of the things that was somewhat surprising was the weight of the dock itself. The weight was substantial enough that I had to do a double take and wonder if someone hid rocks in the base. Though there was no rattling, the extra weight was welcome as it will keep the dock firmly planted on your desk.
The BlacX stands out as something unique on any desktop. As mentioned, the BlacX works with drives right up to 1 TB in either a 2.5 or 3.5 inch SATA sizes. With the ability to hot swap the drives out, you can have access to all your data without having to fiddle with taking apart your system, or assembling it into a box, or a drive bay, you get the picture. This thing is stupid-simple, easy to work with.
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