Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station review: Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 4.0
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The Good The Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station quickly turns any internal hard drive into an external one. It offers very fast throughput speed with USB 3.0 and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. The device is compact, easy to use, and supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives.

The Bad The Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station doesn't have eSATA or FireWire connections.

The Bottom Line The Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station is a good hard-drive docking station for those who work frequently with internal hard drives. It saves time and negates the need to open the computer's case.

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The Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station is the first such device we've seen that supports USB 3.0. It supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive designs in one compact unit, and it performs well with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections. It's well worth its price tag of just about $45.

If you are working a lot with internal hard drives and your computer has a USB 3.0 port, the Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station is a must-have. On the downside, the Ineo Docking Station doesn't have FireWire or eSATA connections and it doesn't support the older IDE hard drive standard. If you're looking for something that support more connections and don't care much for USB 3.0, we recommend you look at the Voyager Q or the WebbieTech UltraDock V4.

Design and features
Out of the box, the Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station looks somewhat like a compact, white version of the Voyager Q, sharing the toaster design with the hard-drive slot on top. You can insert an internal hard drive vertically into this slot, much like you would insert a piece of bread into a toaster. The device can handle both the 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch designs of SATA hard drive. The opening of the slot features a spring-loaded latch that automatically secures the hard drive, regardless of its thickness. However, you won't be able to use legacy IDE hard drives with it.

The Ineo has nothing on its front surface apart from the Ineo logo. On the top right end there's a color-changing LED that shows the status of the device. Solid blue means the drive is on and flashing pink means data is being transferred. On the back, there's a USB 3.0 port and a power switch. For computers that have USB 3.0, the docks lack of eSATA and FireWire support doesn't really matter--USB 3.0 is by far the fastest peripheral connection to date. However, since most existing computers don't support USB 3.0, we wish the Ineo also offered other connection options.

Where the Ineo is clearly better than the Voyager Q is its power adapter. It's small and compact compared with the bulky model on the Voyager Q.

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Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station

Part Number: HD-I-NA317U+
MSRP: $44.99 Low Price: $48.59 See all prices

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  • Bus Type SuperSpeed USB 3.0