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Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD Docking Station Review


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Introduction


Even the fastest networks can seem slow when you have to transfer large files from one computer to another computer, and short of physically moving hard drives between computers a network was really the fastest option available.  USB3 is destined to change our perceptions regarding the speed, especially when it comes to connected storage.

The Thermaltake BlacX really deserves no introduction, the device has been around for years now and most anyone that needed one already has one.  

So what makes the BlacX 5G different? In a word, USB3.  

In this review we will be looking at the latest edition to the BlacX line up called the BlacX 5G.  In outward appearance this dock is virtually identical to the previous editions; it still accepts 3.5" and 2.5" SATA hard drives, it sits on your desk, has a power switch, and requires external power.
The difference comes when looking at the back of the device.  Gone are the black USB ports, and has no eSATA connection.  Instead we find a single blue USB connector, common to USB3 compliant devices.

In the box you will find everything you need to get started including a well built USB3 cable and required power source.  The installation guide comes in several languages, and covers all of the major details required to fully install the device.
These strange silicon parts are actually protective bumpers you can wrap around your drives to protect them, and your furniture, from minor bumps and scrapes common to having loose computer parts floating around the office.
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