iStarUSA USB2.0-eSATA HDD Dock
|iStarUSA USB2.0-eSATA HDD Dock|
|Closer Look and Testing|
|More Testing and Conclusion|
iStarUSA may not be the first name on your lips when you think about HDD accessories. Other companies like Kingwin, Thermaltake, Nexstar and IcyDock get a lot of press with their external and internal HDD docks, racks and enclosures and iStarUSA is one of the names that often gets left out in the cold. Today we are looking at the second iStarUSA product with a month - the xAGE-N99-SAU which is reminiscent of the Thermaltake BlacX. The iStarUSA product has both USB2.0 and eSATA connections and supports both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drive. The first BlacX from Thermaltake only supported USB2.0 so this is a bit of an upgrade to that unit. Keep on reading to find out if the xAGE-N99-SAU is a worthy choice for quick and easily docking your drives with your system.
For those of you not familiar with iStarUSA, you might find their company information interesting. We've pulled it from their site and posted it below for your convenience.
iStarUSA established in 1989, iStarUSA Computer Inc. has over fifteen years of experience in designing and manufacturing Industrial Switching Power Supply, Rackmount Chassis and Server Cabinet. From the standard switching power supply to high-end redundant power supply, iStarUSA has grown to be one of major provider in IPC power supply industry. In recent years, we have also expanded our products to include 1U to 8U rackmount chassis and 6U to 42U server cabinets. Our goal is always to provide our customer with the best products and superior customer services. In the beginning, iStarUSA focused on providing our customers the combinations of cutting-edge technologies, high quality manufacturing, and superior customer services. It has been a proving record that these principles earned a strong partnership for iStarUSA in today's competitive market.
iStarUSA builds its strength upon its experience, technology, and strong partnership. We have been working closely with major computer components manufactures and system integrators for years to ensure that our products have high compatibility and solid stability. We also adopt new industrial standards to improve our design. Our ability to design according to customer's requirement also wins us a high reputation in the industry.
Bundle & First Look:
The HDD Dock comes in a pretty plain looking box but the bundle is well rounded and includes everything you need to populate both eSATA and USB2.0 connections. In the box is the dock, a USB2.0 cable, eSATA cable, rubber covers for both 2.5" and 3.5" drives, a power adapter and a quick start guide wrap it up. The dock is really simple to install as you set it on your desk, plug in the cables and drop in a drive. It's really that simple.
Before we take a closer look at this unit, let's take a closer look at the features and specifications.
Info, Features & Specs:
The information below as been pulled from iStarUSA's site for your convenience.
xAGE-N99-SAU with SATA to USB 2.0 / eSATA interface provides not only SATA to USB 2.0 connector, also SATA to eSATA interface which supports better data transfer rate up to 3.0Gbps. xAGE-N99-SAU is designed with a simple and compact idea which offers an easy and convenient way for data backup and recovery, hard drive testing, and fast access to archived hard drives.
- RoHS Compliance
- Supports 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Hard Drives up to 1TB
- Hot-Swap Capable
- Power & HDD Activity LEDs
- Plug and Play
- Dual Data Transfer Connectors
- Supports eSATA Transfer Speed up to 3Gbps
- Supports USB 2.0 Transfer Speed up to 480Mbps
- Windows, Mac, and Linux Compatible
Model Number xAGE-N99-SAU Reseller Order Number Synnex: 2225310 RoHS Compliance Version Yes Dimensions (W x H x D) 85 x 150 x 80 mm HDD Interface 2.5"/3.5" SATA I/II Host Interface USB2.0/eSATA LED Display Power On/HDD Access Material Plastic (ABS) Color Black Power Adapter 100-240V/AC to DC 12V 2.0A Packaging Information Docking Station, eSATA Cable, USB Cable, HDD Cover(optional), and Power Adapter
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the iStarUSA HDD Dock before we jump into testing.