Thermaltake BlacX SATA USB Hard Drive Docking Station Review

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Thermaltake BlacX SATA HDD USB Docking Station Review

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?

Thermaltake BlacX SATA HDD USB Docking Station Review

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.

Thermaltake BlacX SATA HDD USB Docking Station Review

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.

First Impressions

Thermaltake BlacX SATA HDD USB Docking Station Review

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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Stephen is Futurelooks' Editor-In-Chief and front man. He also held the Tiger Direct Charity PC Race record for 2 years between 2011 and 2012. Stephen's interests include all things techie, but in particular, computer hardware. When he's not geeking out, he's a family man with daughter Lexi and another one on the way.

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