All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station Review

Sha July 27, 2012 0
All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station Review
  • Price
  • Functionality
  • Design
  • Transfer Speed

So my desktop was giving me problems. It kept shutting down and I’m too knackered to test which of the various part in my computer is faulty.

It’s sure gonna cost me to buy a new desktop, so I decided to strip the harddisk from the desktop as the data stored is the most essential part.

What I need is just a device that can read my HDD. Once that is settled, I just plug it to my laptop and wallaa, I can access it.

That’s why the All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station comes in. This is just a brilliant gadget, and I’m glad I bought it.

Official Description

HDD multi-function dock with One Touch Button Backup for 2.5″/3.5″ SATA/IDE HDD. High-speed harddisk cloning (Can be used offline).

IDE & SATA hard disk docking station combo with Card Reader + Hub, supports direct plug of IDE & SATA hard disk, and can read CF, SD, TF, XD and MS, up to 64 memory cards. At least 2 USB devices through the 2 ports hub for File sharing.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.09 in x 4.33 in x 3.62 in
  • Weight: 25.36 oz
  • Input: 100 – 240V, 50/60HA, 1A
  • Output: 12V, 2000mA 5V 350mA
  • Supports all 2.5″/3.5″ SATA/IDE Hard Disk Drive of any capacity
  • Support hot swappable
  • One Touch Backup function
  • Features 2-port USB 2.0 Hub
  • High Speed USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps data transfer rates (USB 1.1 Backwards compatible)
  • Features XD/CF/TF/SD/MS card reader and eSATA port
  • Compatible with SATA I, SATA II, SATA II transfer rate up to 3Gb/s
  • 100V~240V AC adapter (US plug) included, USB connectivity cable included
  • Desktop PC or Notebook /Mac
  • DC power jack with 6 pin, please use the factory provided power
  • Support most popular formats of memory cards
  • Output Interface: USB 2.0 / USB 3.0, 5 Slots Card Reader, 1 2.5”/3.5” IDE Port, 2 / 5 Port USB 2.0 Hub, 1 e-SATA port, 1 / 2 SATA ports, e-SATA, 2 IDE, 1 SATA, 2 Hubs
  • Operating System: Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista and Mac OS 9.X, or higher

Package Included:

  • 1 * HDD Docking
  • 1 * Power Cable
  • 1 * USB Cable
  • 1 * Software CD
  • 1 * User Manual

This is the output for the All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station. Depending on the model you bought, you can get the USB 2.0 or 3.0 model, and with or without eSata. Just know your stuff, do a research first and know the tech terminology before purchasing.

Conclusion

I’ve been using this All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station for the past one month now.

I bought it at Sim Lim Square in early July for SG$38. Right after buying it, the docking station works flawlessly right off the box.

You just need to place your harddisk into the slot, be it IDE or SATA, depending which model you buy, and let it plug and play.

My laptop recognized the HDD via USB 2.0 connection with no issues on my Windows 7 OS.

It works great so far with no hiccups, and with the cheap price, I’m thinking getting another one for my office. Even if you somehow damage the docking station, it’s affordable enough to be replace without feeling the pinch.

To think I nearly bought another docking station that cost like $200 plus. Of course it comes with full HDD enclosure and a cooling system.

The All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station is a no-frills option, so be careful when you handle the harddisk as it will be very hot! I recommend get a fan blowing in the direction of the dock.

Design wise the All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station is an ugly looking gadget. It looks like Thor’s hammer eh without the shaft. But heck if it works great, the aesthetic aspect is secondary.

As my harddisk are SATA, I chose the All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station model that has both slots that is of SATA. If you are unsure in the store, please check with the salesman.

I tried all the input memory slots and it works fine and dandy.

The CD given is for you to config the one touch backup feature. I don’t really use it as I have my own program within my laptop that does this. But still it’s an addon that is useful for noobs.

Next I tested the transfer speed. Since this model supports USB 2.0 only, that means theoretically I could get speeds up to 480Mbps.

Please take note Mbps is different to MBps. Mbps is megabits per second, while MBps is megabytes per second. So 480Mbps is equivalent to 60MBps.

And from the copy and paste test method I used (No I didn’t use any benchmark test program), I could only muster up to 15MBps or 120Mbps, transferring data from my laptop to the All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station.

So I’m getting like 1/4 of the theoretical maximum speed of a USB 2.0. Well that’s not too bad as I could play and stream movies with no lags or screen freeze. So I’m good.

If you’re looking for a backup option or a data storage network for your rig, and you’re short of cash, I truly recommend this All-in-1 Dual HDD Docking Station.

It’s cheap and it works as it promised.

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