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Grab a caddy, throw in a mechanical or solid-state disc, and the innate throughput of the drive should be the bottleneck, not the interface. With that said there is always the middle ground, the place where a great amount of manufacturers battle it out in price vs. The top mounted LEDs, while shining blue, aren’t so bright that they blind you, but rather just perfect. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK’s website. Choosing the proper benchmarks to be used in a review can be, at times, a hassle.
Included in the package is an uprated power adapter, now capable of delivering 36W, and a metre-long USB 3. Now, though, Thermaltake extends the usefulness of that dock by incorporating a model with a second drive-bay. Aside from the obvious inclusion of a second bay there’s not much changed here.
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Thermaltake has an array of USB 3. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Click to find out more.
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We also found two rubber drive covers in the box to combat drive acoustics. You can find products similar to this one for sale below. As far as build quality goes, the BlacX Duet 5G is top tier in my book.
Thermaltake ST0022 BlacX Duet 5g SATA to USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station #4155
Thermaltake also adds 2. 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.
To the right there are also two levers for ejecting your drives. That’s the theory, anyway. The subtle lighting is carried over to the superspeed name.
The Duet is comprised of a plastic body with an internal weight to hold the dock steady, while you’re slamming drives in and out of the system – and that goes to say it does support hot swapping. Now the Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G is certainly not the only dual bay docking station on the market, but it is among the smaller units available.
The BlacX Duet 5G features drive hot-swapping, meaning you can chop and change drives while still connected to the host PC – on Mac and Windows – and having two in one enclosure is tidier than running two sets of power and USB cables. 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.
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.
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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.
The entire unit is well built with ABS plastics and even a slice of aluminium for aesthetics. CrystalDiskMark, as expected, showed similar numbers in sequential read and write.
The Thermaltake BlacX 5G is one of these units, while it is 5v secret that this unit has been on the market for a while now, it was a trend setter when it came to market with several other manufactures taking notes from Thermaltake and releasing similar products shortly after.
With that said I have chosen some of the more popular, and widely available benchmarks. 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.