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Pros: The biggest pro is that this Vantec dock actually connects at USB 3.0 speeds to the USB 3.0 ports on my Asus P8Z77-V Pro motherboard under Windows 8.1. In general, very, VERY few of the USB 3.0 devices I've tried have managed this (even though they did so under Windows 7 just fine). Usually, they connect at only USB 2.0 speeds. Or, sometimes, they won't connect at all.
Cons: No real cons. I suppose I could stretch things to say that this dock is much bigger than the other docks I've used. But, that's pretty minor.
Other Thoughts: Right now, my testing is incomplete. It turns out that even though my motherboard uses SATA 3.0 (6 Gb/s) and USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), the drives I have for backups are all capable of just 3 Gb/s. I'm ordering a current drive and when it gets here, I'll update this review. But here are my HD Tune results for what I've got:
Western Digital WD640AALS (USB 3.0 numbers first, then eSATA numbers): Minimum Transfer Rate = 61.3 MB/s and 61.3 MB/s Maximum Transfer Rate = 110.9 MB/s and 103.0 MB/s Average Transfer Rate = 92.1 MB/s and 89.3 MB/s Access Time = 11.9 ms and 11.9 ms Burst Rate = 111.4 MB/s and 78.9 MB/s CPU Usage = 3.6% and 2.9%
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC (USB 3.0 numbers first, then eSATA numbers): Minimum Transfer Rate = 141.4 MB/s and 99.6 MB/s Maximum Transfer Rate = 183.6 MB/s and 112.3 MB/s Average Transfer Rate = 173.0 MB/s and 108.6 MB/s Access Time = 0.1 ms and 0.1 ms Burst Rate = 79.3 MB/s and 67.6 MB/s CPU Usage = 6.4% and 3.5%
So, even the SSD is only reaching (very roughly) around half the real-world expected maximum of 300 MB/s for these drive. But, interestingly, using the USB 3.0 connector on the dock give significantly better performance that does using the eSATA connector.
We'll see what happens when I try a 6 Gb/s drive (coming soon).
Reviewed By:David A. Lessnau,9/19/2014 4:20:35 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
Pros: Easy to install Comes with dual USB cable for power
Cons: Did not include faceplate for the drive
Other Thoughts: I had a dead Dell laptop with a CD/DVD burner and Blu-ray (read only) drive. Easy to install into the enclosure, and it works perfectly to play back Blu-ray movies with Cyberlink software. The only downside was since the original Dell faceplate was a weird slanted shape I had to find one that was flat from my spare parts. But once I found one that fit it has worked perfectly.
Reviewed By:N/A,9/19/2014 11:13:53 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: Product does work as a plug and play docking station as I am able to format a 2 TB SATA drive inserted. I have not tried the IDE drive nor have I tried the photo disk reading capability.
Cons: Documentation needs some improvement. Fortunately my wife speaks Chinese so calling the vendor was not a real issue except for the 12 hrs. difference. Driver software somewhat confusing as it includes setup files so I was able to install somewhat but Win OS does not recognize some because it is not on their list.
Other Thoughts: If wanting to clone, use SW documented in US or Europe. Also, even though PCClone EX software is downloadable I would question if it would operate with Win OS. or it would actually see the docking station. Use for reading drives that were removed from computer and copy / paste to drives that were replaced in computer.
Reviewed By:jerry,9/18/2014 10:39:25 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Fantastic Quality, Solid Case Easy Access, Quick Release Drive-Carriers Nice Visual LEDS for Enclosure Status Very Small Foot Print
Cons: No Controller (No JBOD/RAID functions) its ONLY a multiple drive expansion case. Although it has 4 fan speeds you really have no control over these speeds, they are driven by temp and I found the 80mm fan noticeable, not loud though.
Other Thoughts: I returned this unit unfortunately since on the MFG's website, very limited website, it stated that their other similar 4 bay had RAID/JBOD functions and since the link for this unit didn't work I made the mistake of assuming this unit was the same since they are almost identical, and now I believe neither of the two has these features. I didn't mark them down in stars because as long as you know this and if this fits your build you can't go wrong with this enclosure.
Reviewed By:Steve M,9/17/2014 5:19:53 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.