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Written by Aidan Moore   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
INEO I-NA321U PLUS Docking Station
Closer Look: INEO I-NA321U PLUS
INEO I-NA321U PLUSPerformance
INEO I-NA321U PLUS Conclusion

INEO I-NA321U PLUS Docking Station Review

Manufacturer: Ineo Technology Inc.
Product Name: 2.5" & 3.5" Silver USB 3.0 SSD/HDD Duplicator Docking Station
Model Number: I-NA321U PLUS
UPC: 00912201932618
Price As Tested: $55.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Ineo.

An external hard drive docking station is a bit of a niche product. Typically, a single-bay docking station can be used to backup and duplicate data from a drive inside your PC. This arrangement can be useful if you require offsite storage for your data, or if you are sharing the large amount of data with another machine. However, creating a true duplicate drive image requires some form of third-party software and usually requires some detailed knowledge of hard drive partitioning.

A dual-bay docking station such as the I-NA321U PLUS is much more versatile, providing the ability to duplicate hard drives without access to the inside of your PC. The I-NA321U PLUS
takes this convenience one step further by providing a single button that adds copy functionality between 2 drives.

All of this convenience can be compromised if the docking station has a very slow data transfer rate. A slow interface can impact the time to duplicate hard drives in the standalone mode, as well the time needed to transfer data from the PC to the external hard drives.

In this article, Benchmark Reviews will take a closer look at the performance of this new docking station, as well as the usability of the single button copy feature.

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INEO I-NA321U PLUS Features

Source: ineotechusa.com

  • Dual Bay USB3.0 Docking
  • Aluminum Alloy Casing provides excellent cooling
  • Blue and Red LED illuminated Panel indicates power and hard disk drive access activity
  • USB3.0 Transfer rate up to amazing 5Gbps
  • Support Clone Function
  • Fully compatible with 2.5" & 3.5" SATA I/II Hard Disk Drives
  • Truly Plug and Play
  • High performance data movement

I-NA321U PLUS series is an intelligent solution for your bare drives. It supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA Hard Disk Drives. I-NA321U PLUS series makes it convenient to install your HDDs and it supports Super Speed USB 3.0 for your extreme Data transfer and backup. It makes file exchange even easier than you can imagine, you can just move data between your bare drives with I-NA321U PLUS series.

INEO I-NA321U PLUS Specifications

Source: ineotechusa.com

  • Interface : USB 3.0 to 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD Docking Station with Clone
  • Supports : 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I/II Drives
  • Data Transfer Rate : 5Gb/s
  • Support Plug & Play : Yes
  • Material : Aluminum Alloy
  • USB Cable : USB 3.0 Cable
  • Operating Temperature : 0o C to 50o C
  • Operating Humidity : 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Power : Adapter 12V
  • System Requirements : Windows 2000/Mac9.1/Linux for USB 2.0
  • System Requirements : Windows XP/Vista/7 for USB 3.0
  • Instruct Light : Blue & Red LED
  • Support Hard Drive Capacity : SATAI/II UP TO 3TB
  • Dimensions (mm) : 136x111x54.5 (mm)
  • Warranty : Standard one-year factory warranty
  • OS Supported (for Client PC)
  • Windows 2000/Mac9.1/Linux for USB2.0
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 for USB 3.0



 

Comments 

 
# INEO I-NA321U PLUS Docking Stationkzinti1 2013-04-08 13:34
This is a really nice little device! Other than the 3Gbs. limit, the only other con would be no dust covers for the drive slots. All I can think of is to put it back in the box when not actually in use. Surely there's another option? No matter what you do to stop it, it's quite dusty, inside and out, here at the beach.
COMMENT QUESTION: What would you use the Ineo I-NA321U PLUS for?
Copying a smaller drive to a larger one when I run out of space is the only thing to come to mind ATMO.
I'll have to think about some other uses while I'm waiting for a 6Gbs. version. If there is one.
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