Being the first USB 3.0 device that I have had the pleasure of personally testing, it would have been easy to be blown away by the whole affair and rate the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort USB 3.0 docking station toaster 100% and be done with it.
However, after several hours of testing and using the device, I can report that it is indeed a good product. It is based on the same design as all previous Sharkoon hard drive toaster devices, but of course with the addition of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. Why change something, when it's not broken? The toaster is a simple product, but it is completely easy to use when installing and removing drives with the handy eject button. It accepts not only standard desktop sized hard drives, but also laptop size 2.5-inch drives.
Plug in a new SSD and watch this thing fly - we saw up to almost 200MB/s read speeds. Yep, it blazes along! And with up to 5Gbit/s support thanks to the USB 3.0 standard, as faster drives come onto the market, this device should be able to see even faster transfer speeds up to a theoretical maximum of 625MB/s.
Sharkoon is one of the first companies to bring a USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure onto the market and has embraced the new SuperSpeed USB standard rather well. We contacted Sharkoon for a price on the device and they claim that it should sell for around $60 USD in the USA. Considering the speed, quality and ease of use of this product, it would be hard to go past this one. It of course comes highly recommended.
Bring on the faster SSDs now so we can really see what this can do. For now, though, we are suitably impressed with the 200MB/s that we saw during our tests! Native USB 3.0 on the GIGABYTE UD7 motherboard performed a little better than the Sharkoon NEC USB 3.0 controller card that is sold separately, but at least you can buy this card if you are not ready to buy a new motherboard that natively supports the new interface. It will set you back around $40 USD in the USA, which is fair considering we are dealing with new technology.
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