Date: November 19th, 2008
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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THERMALTAKE BLACX INTRODUCTION
Up until just a couple of years ago, adding a hard drive to your system required opening up the case, messing around with screws and washers, re-jigging your PSU wiring, and twisting an IDE cable around to plug into the new drive. No more!
External hard drives have slowly become more mainstream, in either pre-configured units or simple enclosures for you to add your own HDD to. Prices vary from a minimal $20 for an empty enclosure to a whopping $1500 for a unit with 2 TB of drives already installed. Which one you choose is up to your needs (and your budget).
There used to be a few drawbacks to an external enclosure. Installing a drive still required screws and washers, the enclosure itself lacked adequate cooling, and you were limited to a USB connection. Lately, though these limitations have been removed, making a new enclosure a better bang for your buck.
Today, I'm taking a look at Thermaltake's BlacX HDD dock. Unlike a regular enclosure, the BlacX uses a neat docking system. Let's see how well it performs, and if it's worth your hard-earned cash.
THERMALTAKE CORPORATE PROFILE
We live in a world where most things seem to move at the speed of light. At Thermaltake, we feel the same way and that is exactly how Thermaltake conducts itself to deliver innovative, reliable and customer-centric solutions to the worldwide market.
Since the beginning of Thermaltake in 1999, it has been at the forefront of creating new and exciting products at a time where most computer
users were provided little to no choices for components that may seem irrelevant, but in reality crucial to the performance of a PC.
Thermaltake Server Series solutions, with years of thermal experience and industry leadership, sets its goal on reforming total thermal management in server segment by formulating the perfect mixture of versatility, efficiency and thermal management with each respective server product category: Rackmount Chassis, Server Fixed & Redundant Power Supply and Server CPU Cooling Management Solutions .
With its comprehensive line of products available, it enables Thermaltake's core customers to enjoy a one-stop-shop experience, reduce product design-in evaluation period and most important of all, flawless integration process. Each of Thermaltake's strengths enables its customer to focus on their core business while taking advantage of the skills and efficiency of a single thermal management solution partner.