Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,557 Reviews & Articles | 55,803 News Posts

Plugable USBC-SATA-V USB 3.1 Gen 2 HDD Dock Review

Plugable USBC-SATA-V USB 3.1 Gen 2 HDD Dock Review
Plugable, a new vendor in the market, is looking to impress with its first drive docking solution, the USBC-SATA-V.
By: Tyler Bernath | Drive Docking Stations in Storage | Posted: May 30, 2017 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Plugable

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_99

 

Plugable probably isn't a brand many of you have heard of; they are an up and coming vendor that specializes in connectivity solutions. Their portfolio includes Docking Stations, Hubs, and Adapters featuring USB 3.0, USB-C, and Thunderbolt technology.

 

The solution that was sent over for review is their latest hard drive docking station. This device features USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity over the new Type-C connection at 10Gbps; this enables you to get the most performance possible out of the connected SSD or HDD. On the thought of drives, this dock supports both 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives and SSDs, and it is also compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux.

 

The MSRP of the Plugable USB-C Dock comes in at $39.99 with a one-year warranty.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_02

 

Packaging shows off an image of the device with features laid out along the bottom.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_03

 

The spine of the box houses a full specification list.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_04

 

In the box, you will find the power adapter, USB-C cable, and Type-C to C cable.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_05

 

GO TO TOP OF THE NEXT COLUMN ^

 

The dock is quite similar in appearance to previous solutions. The front houses branding while the top the 3.5" drive slot and blue LED.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_06

 

The backside houses the USB-C connection, power input, and switch.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_07

 

For performance testing, I am using the Intel 730 480GB SATA SSD. In ATTO, I was able to get 562 MB/s read and 513 MB/s write out of the Plugable dock.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_08

 

Moving over to CDM, performance was a bit lower at 438 MB/s read and 430 MB/s write both at QD32.

 

plugable-usbc-sata-usb-3-1-gen-2-hdd-dock-review_10

 

Using a new bench called Parkdale, we see 423 MB/s sequential write and 10220 Random write IOPS. Read performance comes in at 385 MB/s sequential and 5700 random read IOPs.

 

Running this dock through testing took a few hours, but after that, I have used it on a number occasions just to move data from older hard drives to my OneDrive account and NAS. I enjoyed the portability of the unit and while it does require external power, the included adapter is quite compact. Build quality is on par with expectations for a plastic enclosure, and internally they used the ASmedia1351 chipset, so it's a perfectly capable Gen 2 solution.

 

Performance with our SSD was quite good; I was able to get some solid numbers out of ATTO at 562 MB/s read and 513 MB/s write while CDM and Parkdale were a bit lower.

 

Overall, the Plugable USB-C Dock stands out as a true Gen 2 dock solution, and at its current MSRP, it's a solid buy.

 

 

 

Tyler's Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality85%
Features90%
Value95%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: With its current MSRP of $39.99, the Plugable USB-C Dock is a great value, considering its top-tier performance capabilities and portable form factor.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading