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Many companies make hard drive docks and we personally have reviewed at least a dozen. A few months back we reviewed one of MUKii's first dock models. It turned out to be a great unit that performed well and still looked good while doing it. MUKii has decided to give that model a refresher and now have came out with an improved version. Like the Plus model updated hard drive enclosure (which we also just reviewed), this new model has a small LCD readout that displays the real time transfer speeds to and from the drive when accessed.
Something else that MUKii is realizing is that people want more for their money. Functionality and quality is one thing, but good looks are also a must.. So, often is the case that we want both; we deserve it. Right? This brings us to our latest review product from MUKii, their TransImp X3 Hard Drive Enclosure Plus. One might remember the TransImp U3 model that we reviewed some months back and think this is just a redesigned shell; however, that is not the case at all. The TransImp X3 is indeed an external enclosure with USB3 support, but it also comes with a bunch of new features, enough to make it worth of the prefix 'Plus'. So grab a drink, perhaps a snack and sit back as we show you just what this enclosure has in store for you!
Today we get to show you a great combo pack from MUKii which features the new and [hopefully] improved USB3 PCIe card, as well as a choice between their hard drive dock, 3.5" enclosure or 2.5" enclosure (all of which are SATA I/II compatible). You now are able to get everything you need to bring USB 3.0 capability and functionality to your system, be that your work computer where you need to quickly share data between it and your home PC, or your personal desktop should you just want an external storage solution that is limited to the slow data transfer rates of USB2.
Thermaltake, a maker of some pretty popular external enclosures, have recently released a new enclosure that takes the guess work out of choosing a good enclosure, one that will provide your hard drive with years of good cooling performance. The new Max5G is a handsome looking enclosure, and is mated with dual 80mm blue LED cooling fans that will keep your drive cool, but more importantly keeping it functional.
The new BlacX 5G from Thermaltake looks pretty much like all their other hard drive docks but it does offer one more thing and that is USB3.0. With the performance that SuperSpeed delivers there is no better way to get data from one location to another, but at $50 is it really worth the extra premium you have to fork out to have it on your desktop? We will see.
MUKii's internal enclosure differs slightly from that offered by Vantec, with the MUKii TransImp MD utilizing in the smaller 3.5” bay, as apposed to the larger 5.25” bay of the Vantec. For those that may be willing to sacrifice one of the few 3.5” exterior bays, then this would be a fair exchange since the TransImp MD is a really nice looking enclosure and won't clash with the exterior of your case. Of course, that is completely besides being rather handy to those in need of data retrieval from a 2.5” hard drive.
Do you have a multitude of 2.5" SATA storage devices you swap around on a somewhat regular basis, or find yourself upgrading drives to have the 'Latest and Greatest'? Then what better way to access your data than through an internal hotswappable cage like this one that Vantec has for us today! The Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5” SATA Hard Drive Rack allows an individual to install up to two of the small 2.5" drives into a desktop without having to remove side panels, look for open SATA ports, install the drive and run the cables to it. However, the best feature of all is you will maintain the SATA II speeds throughout the data transfer, far better than USB that can raise CPU usage which can result in fluctuating speeds.