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SATA HDD USB 3.0 Docking Station w/ Card Reader & 2 Port USB Hub (USB 3.0)
Use your internal SATA drives without cracking open your computer case with this USB 3.0 Docking Station from Monoprice.
The Docking Station mounts a standard, internal 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive and connects to your PC with a USB 3.0 connection for maximum speed, up to 5 GB/sec. It also operates as a 2-port USB 2.0 hub and a memory card reader, supporting a wide variety of memory card formats (see Specifications page for a complete list).
It supports SATA I and II drivers, with transfer rates up to the maximum 3 GB/sec supported by SATA II. It also is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standards, in case you don't have a USB 3.0 connection on all your PCs yet.
- Super Speed USB 3.0 data transfer rate up to 5 GB/s
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
- Compatible with SATA I and II hard drives
- Works with 2.5" and 3.5" internal hard drives
- Supports hard drives up to 2TB size
- 2-port USB 2.0 hub
- Multi-format flash card reader/writer
- Works with Windows® 95 and newer, Mac® 9.x and newer, and Linux
- Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and newer
- User's Manual (Nov 2, 2011)
- Drivers for Windows (Jun 25, 2006)
- Distribution disc for Windows (Jun 25, 2006)
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- 1x USB 3.0 docking station
- 1x USB 3.0 cable
- 1x AC adapter
- 1x User manual
- 1x CD driver
Supported Flash Cards Formats:
- CF 1 / CF 2 / Extreme CF / Extreme III CF / Ultra II CF / HS CF / MD
- Memory Stick™ (MS) / Memory Stick DUO™ / MS PRO / Memory Stick PRO DUO™ / MS MagicGate™ / MS MagicGate PRO / MS MagicGate DUO / MS MagicGate PRO DUO / Extreme MS PRO / Extreme III MS PRO / Ultra II MS PRO / HS MS MagicGate PRO / HS MS MagicGate PRO DUO / MS ROM / MS Select
- SD™ / MiniSD™ / Extreme SD / Extreme III SD / Ultra II SD / MMC 1 / MMC 2 / MMC 4.0 / RS MMC / HS RS MMC / microSD™ (T FLASH)*
- XD / SM
*SDHC™ is compatible, but cannot read or write at full speed
However, it's been four months now and I can't get the thing to stay powered on. When I first got it, the power switch was really loose - as if the actual "switch" was missing and there was a plastic teeter-totter there instead. Well, now I can't get it to turn on long enough to read a card.
Hopefully they've fixed that in the later batches!
PROS: USB 3.0
Lots of readers
HD docking station
CONS: Power switch is iffy.
PROS: Crazy fast transfer speeds through USB 3
Reads the SDHC card out of your camera
Reads USB sticks
Did I mention USB 3 SPEED!
CONS: Short power cord
PROS: Nice hard drive reader, and has lots of slots for reading card data
CONS: First one received would not read hard drives, only cards. MonoPrice quickly processed an RMA and got a functioning unit very quickly
PROS: Easy to use, great for 2.5 and 3.5 sata drives, excellent multi- card reader
CONS: wish there was a thunderbolt version
PROS: Seems like a nice unit, havent been able to use it yet
CONS: First one came with no USB cable. So they sent a second one out. It came with the wrong cable. It was a USB A to B cable. I noticed in an earlier review someone mentioned there's had a B cable. B cable is for the device side not the computer side. This unit has an Female A connector on it, the same as the computer. So B version is the wrong type.
PROS: Reasonably fast transfers.
Well made. The cards and hard disks fit well.
A lot of functionality for the money.
CONS: None for me. Premature failure would change my mind, but I haven't had a Monoprice product fail yet!
Used it heavily with 2 different drives - a 750 GB Samsung and a 1 TB "green" WD. Both drives were recognized immediately and worked beautifally. I also briefly tried it out with a couple of others, including a 2.5" laptop drive I happened to have sitting around. Those worked great as well.
In the past I've had some other devices (a bit older and USB 2.0) that allow attachment of HDD's that were extremely flaky. Drives and/or the device itself wouldn't be recognized, or would for a while but then would go "off air," etc. But again - over several hours of heavy use with various drives this thing has been rock solid.
Almost forgot - I also tried the SD card reader the other day to grab some pics from my digital camera. As I hoped, that worked great as well and the speed was awesome. USB 3.0 is the real deal!
PROS: Fast, reliable
CONS: Yet another power brick, but not much way around that since USB 3 can't power the drive.
The speeds are good what you would expect from a USB 3.0 device. I'm really glad I waited to buy one of these and saw Monoprice's version for much less than retail!
PROS: - USB 3.0 docking station for USB 2.0 docking station price (most retailers are selling the 3.0 versions for $45 and up)
- Works flawlessly with Linux no additional drivers, just works
CONS: - Provided cables are a bit short (especially the USB one), but nothing really detracting
PROS: Very good hard drive dock, fast read and write, have not had any problems as of yet with this item good quality product.