The only issue I ran into initially was getting the e-SATA and USB to work simulatneously, but seems to work flawlessly as long as you plug in the e-SATA first, followed by the USB cable. I'm not sure why this happens, but if you follow that small step, it works great. The OTB automatic backup is quite useful, and the multitude of USB capabilities from the card reader and additional ports has proven to be simply awesome to have! If you are someone who is often looking at peoples' computers, this has, in a very short time, proved invaluable. It has saved me much time and energy of either plugging into my motherboard directly, or disassembling one of my existing hard drive enclosures to pull some data off of a hard drive, or to test that it works.
I do alot of picture transferring through SD cards (like I did for this review) and it keeps me from having to hassle with my small card reader on my case. It sits neatly in the corner of my desk, essentially out of sight and out of mind, until I need it, just how I'd like it to be. It has a plenty wide, weighted, and stable base, so you won't easily accidentally knock down that drive you are looking at.
Overall the unit is very well built, very sturdy, and should be a lifesaver for anyone who finds themselves handling hard drives on a regular basis!
- Low profile
- 2 Additional USB 2.0 ports
- Multi-format media card reader
- Hot Swap
- OTB Automatic backup with a one-touch button
- Great build quality, stable base
- Finicky when simultaneously using e-SATA and USB (had to plug e-SATA, then USB)
Overall, for ~$30, this is one of the most worthwhile docks on the market, and, as stated above, if you are someone who handles alot of hard drives and hard drive data, this dock will quickly become an invaluable tool in your hardware arsenal!
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