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Good multi-purpose docking station
on 27 March 2013
This docking station is ideal if you have some spare internal drives and need the extra capacity. It supports any 2.5" or 3.5" SATA drive, and can also support many IDE drives in the second bay with the aid of an adjustable power connector; however, not all IDE drives will fit (due to the lack of consistent standards among them) so you may need to keep an IDE cable and 4-pin power connector handy just in case. Drive performance over eSATA is excellent, leaving plenty of speed for the integrated card reader and USB 2.0, two-port hub.
This dock also includes a multi-function button that can be used for one-touch backups and/or disk cloning using the included software, however this is Windows only so I was unable to test it. The included English instructions are also largely indecipherable, so I can't comment on the "offline" (standalone, no computer) disk-cloning functionality either.
However, it is important to note that this dock has serious performance and compatibility problems when using USB only; if you do not have an eSATA port available (or cannot affordably add one) then this dock is not ideal, as drive performance will suffer greatly when the hub and/or card reader are in use (even if devices are simply connected), and there is some kind of major problem with how disks are identified by the dock over USB, resulting in incompatible block sizes if you remove the disk and insert it into another dock or computer.
So, if you have an eSATA port then for the price this dock packs a lot in with both a SATA and IDE dock, and an integrated card reader and two-port USB hub. However, if you only have USB then you will want to look for other, USB only docks for greater compatibility and performance.