Thermaltake BlacX HDD Docking Station

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Thermaltake BlacX HDD Docking Station
Closer Look, Testing and Final Thoughts

Product: Thermaltake BlacX USB HDD Docking Station
Provided By: Thermaltake USA
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Introduction:

It's been a month and a half since CES 2008 where we first saw the BlacX HDD Docking Station and we've been playing with this handy little unit now for a few weeks.  This is an innovative product from Thermaltake that allows you to quickly and easily connect SATA hard drives to your PC.  It connects both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs simply and securely and is a handy addition to any computer workbench where you've got data on spare hard drives.  Before I spoil the ending, let's take a better look at this unit.

 

Package & Contents:

The BlacX comes in a very attractive box and will get the attention of most consumers that like nice products on their desk.  The front of the box features a Western Digital Raptor X HDD, which is insanely over-kill for a USB connected dock, but it looks nice in the cradle.  The back of the box displays for of the features and specifications of this dock.  It's interesting that this dock supports both 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives.  Most enclosures support one or the other, but not both.

 BlacX - Box Front
BlacX - Box Front
 BlacX - Box Back
BlacX - Box Back

 

The BlacX is connected by USB2.0 and requires additional power via an included 12v/2A power adapter.  Also included in the box are a 3' USB cable and a small quick install guide.

BlacX Bundle
BlacX Bundle

 

Before we take a closer look at this unit, let's take a closer look at the features and specifications.

 

Features & Specifications:

Below are the features and specifications as taken from Thermaltake's website.

  • Patented Design
  • RoHS Compliance
  • Supports All 2.5” & 3.5” SATA HDDs up to 1TB!
  • Hot-Swap Capability for Rapid Multi HDDs Access & Exchange
  • Supports USB 2.0 Transfer Speed up to 480Mbps
  • Windows & Mac OS Compatible
  • Compact Docking Station Design maximizes Heat Dissipation & Exhaust
  • Windows Vista Ready!

 

BlacX Specs

On the next page we'll take a closer look at the BlacX and jump into some testing.