|Thermaltake Blacx Docking Station N0028USU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Larry Fraser - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 12 October 2008|
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At first glance, the BlacX may underwhelm you. The name is very fitting, it is a small black box. Thermaltake, however, recognized a need and an opportunity for a device to make use out of the increasingly cheap supply of SATA hard drives.
At the heart of the BlacX is a very simply USB to SATA converter cable. A device that most system builders have used for quite awhile now and would probably have a difficult time getting along without. While these cables work fine, they are really not designed for the typical user. They are ugly and for most part intended for the workbench. The BlacX looks right at home on the desktop. At around 5" wide by 3 ½" deep it takes up very little desktop space and given it's intentional black box design, it for the most part will go unnoticed.
What the BlacX lacks in visual flare, it makes up for in usefulness. A hot swap capable USB 2.0 docking station for both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA Hard Drives up to 1TB. Just pop the bare drive in the top of the unit and automatically makes a power connection and is recognized by your Windows or Mac Computer and most likely Linux also although Thermaltake does not list Linux on the website as a supported Operating System.
Discussing the detailed features of the BlacX makes for a very short article. There is really not much to it. It is basically a very small black box that has a power button, eject button, AC adapter port, USB 2.0 port and a slot to insert either a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drive.
Don't let the BlacX's appearance mislead you into thinking that this is a cheap and useless product, nothing could be further from the truth. While the shell may be constructed out of ABS Plastic, it has some heft to it. The unit has four small rubber pads on the bottom that do a very effective job of keeping the unit stationary.