External hard drive docks are becoming more common as the price of hard drive storage drops while users are migrating to Solid State Drives (SSD’s), leaving them with extra drives. Rather than trying to cram all of those drives into an already cramped chassis, an external dock is a smart alternative as drives can be easily moved to multiple computers, NAS units, and other devices that are configured to accept external storage. Thermaltake has released an external docking station that holds two drives simultaneously connecting via both USB and eSATA connections which can be found online for just under $50.00 USD.
Having the option for an eSATA connection is a great feature as you’ll see in some of our benchmarks because the data transfer rates for USB 2.0 just aren’t fast enough when you are accustomed to the speed of hard drives connected to SATA ports on the motherboard. With USB 3.0 still on the distant horizon, eSATA is really the way to go for fast data transfers for external storage.
|Transfer Rate||eSATA: up to 3Gbps|
|USB 2.0: up to 480Mbps|
|HDD Compatible||SATA I|
|HDD Capacity||All 2.5” or 3.5” SATA HDD up to 2TB (per slot)|
|OS Compatible||Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000 ; Mac 10.3 and later|
|Power||Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz ; Output: 12V / 2A|
|Dimension||140 (W) 120.82 (D) x 69.49 (H) mm|
|5.51 (W) x 4.76 (D) x 2.74 (H) in|
|USB 2.0 Cable|
Let’s have a closer look at the some of the features outlined above…