Sunday, June 19th 2022

Akasa Launches the DuoDock MX Dual NVMe Dock

Drive docks can be extremely handy, especially the kind with support for two drives, as they generally allow you to duplicate your data quickly and easily. However, with a move towards M.2 drives, SATA based docks are slowly becoming less useful. Akasa has launched a solution to that problem with its new DuoDock MX, which accepts a pair of M.2 NVMe drives. The dock itself looks like a miniature drive dock with the addition of a cup-shaped lid that helps protect the drives from being touched during use. The front is host to a range of LEDs and a drive clone button, whereas around the back there's a power switch, a power connector and a USB Type-C port.

The only real downside is that Akasa has gone with a 10 Gbps PCIe to USB 3.2 bridge chip, which means that the data connection to a PC would be fairly slow by today's standards. Presumably the reason for this is to prevent the need of using some kind of heatsink on the M.2 drives, as most 20 Gbps NVMe to USB 3.2 solutions tend to require heatsinks. That said, Akasa has equipped the DuoDock MX with what the company calls an ultra-thin fan, although a picture on the company website suggests it's a small blower fan. Price-wise it's not what you'd call a bargain at £98 or around US$120, although that price includes British VAT.
Source: Akasa
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14 Comments on Akasa Launches the DuoDock MX Dual NVMe Dock

#1
Chaitanya
Quite stupid design, there doesnt seem to be any kind of ventilation/fans for SSDs themselves and far too big than it really needs to be. Hopefully Orico or someone else will come up better designs for a NVME dock.
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lexluthermiester
ChaitanyaQuite stupid design, there doesnt seem to be any kind of ventilation/fans for SSDs themselves and far too big than it really needs to be. Hopefully Orico or someone else will come up better designs for a NVME dock.
Exactly. For a chassis that big it should have at least 6 drive connectors.
TheLostSwedeThe only real downside is that Akasa has gone with a 10 Gbps PCIe to USB 3.2 bridge chip, which means that the data connection to a PC would be fairly slow by today's standards.
For a backup/utility type device 10Gbps(1.12GBps) isn't slow. It'll do the job. What they needed to do was add in more connectors for such a large chassic, as mentioned above..
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#3
Bomby569
ChaitanyaQuite stupid design, there doesnt seem to be any kind of ventilation/fans for SSDs themselves and far too big than it really needs to be. Hopefully Orico or someone else will come up better designs for a NVME dock.
with those speeds there is no need for ventilation or fans.
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#4
TheLostSwede
ChaitanyaQuite stupid design, there doesnt seem to be any kind of ventilation/fans for SSDs themselves and far too big than it really needs to be. Hopefully Orico or someone else will come up better designs for a NVME dock.
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DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwede
Soemthing that should have been part of the PR images.
lexluthermiesterFor a chassis that big it should have at least 6 drive connectors.
I agree with this, more is better! :D
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#6
looniam
DeathtoGnomesSoemthing that should have been part of the PR images.
then folks might ask how loud it is.

so does it come it black? :p
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TheLostSwede
DeathtoGnomesSoemthing that should have been part of the PR images.
Except there was no PR images, they're from the product page
On top of that, I wrote two lines in the text about the fan, so how you missed it, I don't know.
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#9
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeExcept there was no PR images, they're from the product page
On top of that, I wrote two lines in the text about the fan, so how you missed it, I don't know.
I read that, I was saying the image maybe should have been included with the others.
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#10
TheLostSwede
DeathtoGnomesI read that, I was saying the image maybe should have been included with the others.
So TPU is now a children's book where everything has to be explained with pictures rather than text?
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#11
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeSo TPU is now a children's book where everything has to be explained with pictures rather than text?
Confucius say picture worth 1000 words. :D
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#12
lexluthermiester
TheLostSwedeSo TPU is now a children's book where everything has to be explained with pictures rather than text?
See pm.
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#13
ThrashZone
TheLostSwedeSo TPU is now a children's book where everything has to be explained with pictures rather than text?
Hi,
Everyone likes a good slide show plus images are a universal language :p
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#14
lexluthermiester
DeathtoGnomesConfucius say picture worth 1000 words. :D
ThrashZoneHi,
Everyone likes a good slide show plus images are a universal language :p
This. Pictures really do speak a thousand words in a language everyone can easily understand..
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