If the two other Thermaltake BlacX products were Must Have convenience products, where does that leave the eSATA version?
eSATA performance added to an already good product just bring the BlacX over the top. The convenience of being able to just pop a drive in and hit a button to access the data on that drive, to me is close to priceless. Then again, I am an enthusiast that has a pretty large stack of hard drives that is only outnumbered by a stack of side panels that are hardly ever on the sides of their cases. I know that I am not the only person out there with this routine.
Breaking it down bit by bit, Thermaltake should have spent a little more time designing the power button on all of the BlacX products. At this point there isn't a competing product on the market that has the same functionality and a front power button, so we will let that one slide. Post testing, I did run into one other issue that may hamper some users. The power and eSATA cables are a bit too short for my liking. eSATA is around 3 feet and the power cable is right around 4 feet long. I would like to see these extended to around 6 feet, but I can also see why Thermaltake went with shorter cables; no one likes to have a rats nest under their computer desk (even though we all do).
On the positive side of things, the BlacX is the first device to offer this type of functionality and is a product many of us are going to use every day. To put it bluntly, what other computer accessory put out in the last two years can you really say has made your life easier? If you are ready for Easy Street and you have a stack of case panels somewhere in your computer room, run out and get a Thermaltake BlacX with eSATA right away.