I would like to thank CaseKing.de for supplying the review sample.
CaseKing is one of the few companies out there, which will not just sell anything. They only offer hardware that performs well and is of high quality. The shop carries quite a few exclusive parts and devices from all around the world and it is also the official distributor for a long list of well known manufacturers. Their assortment has grown substantially in recent years, while great service and support is still a very important part of the shop philosophy. The website may be in German, but due to great demand, an English version has been released as well.
Caseking also carries the Axpertec brand, but it also goes by the name AXP. We get to take a look at their USB & eSATA hard drive dock. These products are quite popular with a lot of manufacturers right now, but AXP offers the unit with the afore mentioned eSATA interface for the fastest possible connectivity.
- eSATA Transfer Rated Up to 3 Gbps
- USB 2.0 Transfer Rate Up to 480Mbps
- Patented Design for Mounting HDD within Seconds and fit both 2.5” and 3.5” SATA HDD to eSATA and USB 2.0 interface of your PC
- Plug And Play feature ,Without Rebooting
- Power On/Off Switch.
Packaging & Contents
AXP ships the unit in a full color package. The front shows the unit with a 3.5 inch drive. The rear lists the features in multiple languages. The sides show the mechanism of the docking station as well as the package contents. Even though it is colorful, the package backdrop seems to be a bit overkill - simple Xs do not make for a pretty background.
You will find two cables within the package. The USB cable is the same kind as the one used by printers with the B type end to connect to the device. A thick, black eSATA cable is incredibly sturdy and fairly long. The manual on the other hand is very simple, but gets the job done.
The included power supply is quite compact. It can handle 100-240V, so no matter where you are, it will function. It only delivers 0.3A, which is less than USB 2.0 can deliver. The power supply is intended to be used with the eSATA interface, which is not capable of delivering any power through the connector.