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MUKii TransImp TIP-D180U3 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock (Page 1)

Desktop docks are very useful if you have a few spare drives sitting around. Today we look at the new kid on the block.
By Chris Ramseyer on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:22 am CDT - 1 min, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MUKii

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Introduction, Specifications, Pricing and Availability

Desktop docks are nothing new. We first looked at the ThermalTake BlacX two years ago and love the idea of being able to use raw HDDs without opening our computer cases. If you are someone like me with several drives sitting around, the idea is brilliant. The early models had a few shortfalls, though, mainly their reliance on the aging USB 2.0 protocol and placing the power button on the back of the dock. The latter issue was due to the urge to save money at the R&D level. With the button at the back you had to reach around the dock which was kind of a pain in the butt.

Today we are looking at a desktop dock that uses USB 3.0 and has the power button in a place that makes sense. The MUKii TransImp HDD Dock on the surface has everything going for it, but we will need to dig deeper into pricing and the performance of the unit before giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Let's take a look at the specs.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

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There isn't a whole lot to these desktop docking stations. They sit on your desk, you plug drives into them, hit a power button and within a few seconds your computer is ready to read and write data to the drive. The main variables are the interface; eSATA, USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 and how easy it is to turn the dock on and off. MUKii is giving you a couple of other variables; they make both black and white units. From experience the black desktop docks show dust a lot more than the white models; just fair warning.

The MUKii TransImp Dock uses either USB 3.0 or 2.0 depending on what you have available. MUKii also makes a USB 2.0 / eSATA model if you are just not ready to jump on the 3.0 train just yet. When it comes to availability, we were not able to find the TIP-D180U3 model that we are testing today at Newegg, but after a quick search we found the unit at for 38.40 USD. This is around 8 Dollars more than the ineo Tech Dock we tested last month.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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