Thermaltake BlacX SE Hard Drive Dock
Author: OCIA Staff
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-29-2008
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look

Inside the box we find the Blacx SE dock protected within a folded cardboard holder, the power adapter, USB cable, and the installation manual. Once we take the dock out of the box, we see that it is further protected by a plastic bag.

The dock is constructed from a blackish gray ABS plastic and features the BlacX SE logo in the middle with the Thermaltake logo in the lower right corner. On the front of the dock we find a 4-port USB hub, as well as power and hard disk activity LEDs. On the back of the dock we find a power button, DC-In plug, and the USB port that connects the dock to the computer. We also find what looks like the cutout for where an eSATA cable would go. Why Thermaltake decided not to utilize this puzzles me. It would have only cost a little more and would have provided an excellent way to get faster-than-USB speeds.

The bottom of the BlacX SE features two semi-circular rubber pads to keep it from sliding as well as isolating vibrations from the hard disk. It also has the standard sticker in the middle featuring the product number, serial number, and other such information. On the left side of the dock, there is an eject bar that helps dislodge the drive form the SATA data and power connections to facilitate removal while protecting the connectors from damage.

This drive differs from its little sibling in that there is a protective cover that goes over the disk drive while it is installed. Above you can see it's range of motion from closed to open.

Inside the dock, you can see the lines that label where the edge of the two different sized drives line up as well as the connectors in the base. There is also a spring-loaded plastic piece that helps align smaller 2.5 drives.

To mount a drive in the BlacX SE, simply lower the protective casing, align the drive with the SATA connections in the base, drop the drive into place, and close the protective cover over the top. To remove the drive, lower the cover, press the eject bar on the left side and pull the drive out.

Next up, installation, testing and conclusion...

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