|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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I decided to test the BlacX by using two different methods this time. The first method is the standard transfer rate benchmark that determines the speed the connected drive transfers data to and from the computer. I used HD Tune Pro to monitor this.
While a standard benchmark is useful for pointing out any deficiencies in a product like this, it has a difficult time illustrating the strengths of the product. Since the BlacX uses a USB 2.0 connection the maximum data transfer rate is going to be severely restricted.
While the USB 2.0 connection may have a theoretical limit of 480Mbps or 60MB per second you will NEVER see this kind of speed in the real world. Mid 30's seem to be the real world expectations for USB 2.0. So for my second testing method I used a slightly less formal method. I reflected on my personal experience using this device over the last couple of months. (I've been a little lax getting this review out) I looked at how the unit has held up to frequent use, any problems or inconsistencies with performance over that time. I looked at how useful the product was to me under real world application and would I spend the money on a product like this. While the second method may be relative to my opinions which could very well be different than some of yours, it may be a more accurate reflection of the true performance and application of the Thermaltake BlacX.
Running the benchmarks on the BlacX yielded no surprises. The BlacX is severely limited by the USB 2.0 connection. It does however make full real world use of the USB 2.0 capacity. While this may be slower than the hard drive's maximum transfer rate it is still very useable for accessing and transferring data. Although this model doesn't support it, Thermaltake does offer a BlacX model that has USB 2.0 and eSATA output which would overcome any speed deficiencies that might be present with this model.
With an almost straight line transfer rate of 33MB per second the BlacX is very useable. This works out to around 118GB of data per hour from the BlacX. If your needing faster than that, get the eSATA version.