Everything from the shape and choice materials have stayed the same between units, but there are some obvious differences, such as the power button and internal PCB, which we will touch on shortly. As far as build quality goes, the BlacX Duet 5G is top tier in my book. Over the years hard drive docks or docking stations have really helped in simplifying the way I work, especially when I have years of data backed up on spinners. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon’s website. To the right there are also two levers for ejecting your drives.
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As far as build quality goes, the BlacX Duet 5G is top tier in my book. All testing is run in the same order on every enclosure and that is the order you see it here in this review. As you will notice the power switch incorporates two LEDs, both of which are blue – one indicating the unit is switched on and the other for activity. Over the years hard drive docks or docking stations have really helped in simplifying the way I work, especially when I have years of data backed up on spinners.
Included in the package is an uprated power adapter, now capable of delivering 36W, and a metre-long USB 3. The back of the dock is rather simple, housing a power input and USB 3. The entire unit is well built with ABS plastics glacx even a slice of aluminium for aesthetics.
The top of the dock has a slight brushed appearance brought on by the slice of aluminium Thermaltake has placed here. The top mounted LEDs, while shining blue, aren’t so bright that they blind you, but rather just perfect. The subtle lighting is carried over to suet superspeed name.
With that said there is always the middle ground, the place where a great amount of manufacturers battle it out in price vs.
Thermaltake – Global – BlacX Duet 5G Snow Ediiton HDD Docking Station – ST
Here’s the enclosure stuffed with an SSD and 3. You can find products similar to this one for sale below. Thermaltake also adds 2. Choosing the proper benchmarks to be used in a review can be, at times, a hassle. Underneath the two covers – where you simply push the drive s into – are standard SATA power and data connectors, and the cover cutout is designed for 2.
Now the Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G is certainly not the only dual bay docking station blacz the market, but it is among the smaller units available. Since I no longer have to fiddle around mounting drives in my system and can simply slap a drive in a dock and pull the data I need and move on with my day, it saves me a great deal of time.
Thermaltake ST0022 BlacX Duet 5g SATA to USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station #4155
While I would love to please all of you and run every possible benchmark on these enclosures, it would be at the very least time consuming.
Thermaltake has an array of USB 3. Click to find out more. That’s the theory, anyway.
The Thermaltake BlacX 5G is one of these units, while it is no secret that this unit has been on the market for a while now, it was a trend setter when it came to market blaxx several other manufactures taking notes from Thermaltake and releasing similar products shortly after. CrystalDiskMark, as expected, showed similar numbers in sequential read and write.
As this unit is a dock and supports no RAID features, I thought it would be nice to see how the unit does while transferring data drive to drive both installed in the BlacX. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada’s website.
To the right there are also two levers for ejecting your drives. Grab a caddy, throw in a mechanical or solid-state disc, dhet the innate throughput of the drive should be the bottleneck, not the interface.
We also found two rubber drive covers in the box to combat drive acoustics. Over the past few months it’s pretty safe to say I have tested my fair share of enclosures, some of which carried extreme performance, but also a hefty price tag as well. When was the last time you upgraded your PC?
With that said I have chosen some of the more popular, and widely available benchmarks. Subscribe to our Newsletter.