We’ve taken a look at a number of external hard drive enclosures as of late and we’ve also had a look at Thermaltake’s BlacX 5G external hard drive dock, which allows for quick hot-swap access to a SATA bay on virtually any computer with a USB port. Whilst there isn’t the same huge demand for drive docks as there is enclosures, there is still a market none the less and therefore it is always good to have a range of products that offer advantages over each other to suit a users particular needs.
The BlacX Duet that we are going to take a look at today is one such example of a product that differs from the rest and this is noticeably with its capability to dock two drives at once allowing for simultaneous connectivity rather than having two separate docks. A device like this may be particularly useful for cloning drives and copying data, so performance from this product is going to be important and we will take a particular look at this later on in one of our benchmarking suites.
As always, we’ll start by having a look from the outside of the box to get our first impressions, then delve inside to see what’s included. After this we’ll get a disk installed and see how the dock performs on our test system.