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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 | May 30, 2017 10:10 am CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Plugable

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.


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


The spine of the box houses a full specification list.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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

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Overall 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.

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Tyler Bernath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tyler Bernath

Growing up in a small farm town in northern Ohio, technology was never around unless it was in a tractor. At the early age of nine years old, my parents brought home our very first PC and I was instantly hooked and quickly learned what it meant to format a hard drive, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95 as my parents slept. As I grew up, many things changed around me, but my love and enthusiast nature always kept my PC at my side. Eager to get deeper into technology, I started reviewing products.

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