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Kingwin Power Dock PD-2537U3 Dual-Bay Clone Storage Station Review

Kingwin Power Dock PD-2537U3 Dual-Bay Clone Storage Station Review

Are you on the market for a dual-bay storage docking station with cloning abilities? Take a look at Kingwin's Power Dock PD-2537U3.

Tyler Bernath | Oct 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm CDT - 6 mins, 13 secs reading time
Rating: 78%Manufacturer: Kingwin
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Docking stations like enclosures and many other storage devices have become more than just a way for consumers to access their data. As a matter of fact, nearly every manufacturer who previously built a simple docking station has launched a second solution that has added features such as standalone cloning or backup features.

The Power Dock from Kingwin is just that. Here, we have a two-bay docking solution that handles both 2.5" and 3.5" drives and also has a one-touch backup feature along with the ability to clone drives without PC intervention. For those that want top-notch performance, the Power Dock supports the USB 3.0 interface with a peak drive capacity of 4TB. An interesting feature is that this dock will bus power itself when using 2.5" drives. Compatibility mentions both Windows 7+ and OS X 10.5+.

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Packaging for the Power Dock is slim on the marketing information. The center carries an image of the dock and at the top right a quick description.

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After opening the box, we found the dock secured in plastic while the cables and power adapter were in a box to the left.

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The scope of delivery included a USB 3.0 cable, power adapter, driver disk, and reading materials.

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The dock itself has a simple logo on the front. The drive bays are tucked in behind a series of buttons and LEDs while the eject buttons are to the right.

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The back of the power dock houses the USB 3.0 connection next to the power input and switch, as you can see in the previous photo.

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An added feature for the Kingwin Power Dock is the one touch backup feature. To use this feature, you must install the included software.

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To begin our testing, we installed our MX200 SSD in the Power Dock. Within Windows 10, we were able to achieve a nice 393 MB/s read and 408 MB/s write.

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Swapping the Power Dock over to OS X, we gained a slight bit of performance up to 397 MB/s read and 431 MB/s write.

Docking stations are devices that many of us depend on whether we need to move data between PCs or just as a standalone backup solution. The Kingwin Power Dock like only a few other solutions now introduces the docking station as a multifunction solution including drive cloning and one touch backup.

The build quality of the Power Dock itself is pretty solid including the structure of the device, but the buttons and eject mechanism of this device does seem a bit on the cheap side. With that said, the LEDs all worked without issues as did connectivity via USB 3.0. Another area where I had issues was with the one touch backup. With this function, you must install the included software, but as it would happen, it is not compatible or simply does work on Windows 10.

Moving on, I was happy with the performance of the Power Dock when used in USB 3.0 mode and even when I was testing the cloning functionality I was impressed. Peak read and write numbers came in OS X with the power dock reaching 397 MB/s read and 431 MB/s write. Testing the cloning functional found me being able to clone a 1TB hard drive that was 40% full in 35 minutes.

At the time of writing, the Kingwin Power dock enjoys an affordable MSRP of $34.99 with a one-year warranty.

Tyler's Test System Specifications

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT

Performance84%
Quality including Design and Build70%
General Features82%
Bundle and Packaging75%
Value for Money81%
Overall Rating78%

The Bottom Line: Kingwin's PD-2537U3 Power Dock is a fairly cost effective solution to those that want a multifunction storage docking solution with USB 3.0 capabilities.

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Tyler Bernath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tyler Bernath

Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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