I have talked about Sharkoon on a couple of occasions and typically the product the company is unveiling is storage related. Sharkoon is famous for its SATA HDD docks that allow you to use HDDs to store and access data without having to find a place inside your computer for the drives. Generally, those docks are clearly designed to be used at the desk, not in your entertainment center with a HTPC machine. Sharkoon has unveiled a new SATA dock called the QuickPort Home that is just for HTPC fans.
The dock looks like a set top box or home theater component with an attractive and thin chassis that has a flip down door to reveal the HDD dock and other ports. Behind that front panel are push to open slots for 3.5 and 2.5-inch HDDs with SATA connectivity. When a HDD is inserted into either slot, it sits flush with the chassis allowing the door to be closed for a cleaner look.
Connectivity for the device includes eSATA and USB 2.0. The QuickPort Home also has a memory card reader supporting SD/SDHC, MMC, and MS memory cards. There is also a pair of USB ports with one on the front and one on the back for directly connecting flash drives and other storage devices. The dock measures 240 x 206 x 47.5mm and weighs 950 grams. It will sell for 49.90 euro and can be purchased at Sharkoon retailers.