Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD Dock
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-29-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake

The Thermaltake BlacX ships with multi-language user manual and warranty sheet, USB 3.0 cable, AC power adapter and a pair of silicone drive jackets, one for 3" and one for 2" drives. The silicone jackets are a new addition to the BlacX line, and offer a minimal amount of protection for your drives when being handled. They could also offer some amount of cushion if the dock is accidentally tipped over during use. Both the AC adapter and USB 3.0 cable are 6' long, a decent length for an accessory device.

As I mentioned, the dock itself is very reminiscent of the original BlacX, the only apparent differences being the SuperSpeed light-up indicator next to the power button, and the stacked mini-USB 3.0 type B connector. A fold-down flap in the top slot will help to prevent dust or other foreign material from getting in the opening when using a 2" drive instead of a 3".

The product label on the bottom of the drive details the model number and other pertinent specs. A set of rubber pads at the corners will help prevent the dock from sliding around on your desktop. Contrary to what you might think, the silicone jackets do not offer a tight fit, they slide on quite loosely and stretch or slip easily when handling the drive.

Next let's power on the BlacX and test the drive performance.

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