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

Like most docking stations, the Ineo requires no setup, and there's no software to install. All you need to do is connect it to a computer via an USB port (preferably an USB 3.0 port), insert a hard drive, and power it on. The computer will then recognize it and you can work with the hard drive as though it were connected to the computer internally.

Performance
We tried the Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station with a few different hard drives and were very pleased with its performance. Each single hard drive could be hot plugged, meaning it can be removed or inserted when the computer is running.

When tested with a USB 3.0 connection, the device registered speeds up to 78.9MBps for the Write test and 59.5MBps for the Read test. Compared to the 72.6MBps (Write) and 59.4 (Read) of the Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0, these scores were slightly faster. The Seagate is the first USB 3.0 external hard drive we reviewed. Note that all hard drives used in the test are based on SATA 2 (3Gbps), which is slower than the ceiling speed of the USB 3.0 (5Gbps). This means when used with upcoming SATA 3 (6Gbps) hard drives, the Ineo will be potentially even faster.

When used with a USB 2.0 port the Ineo also did well with 23.8MBps (Write) and 29.9MBps (Read). These scores were within the average among USB 2.0 external hard drives we've tested.

CNET Labs external hard drive performance scores
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0
59.4 
72.6 
Iomega eGo Portable
29.5 
24.7 
Transcend Storjet 25F
27.5 
24.3 
Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station (via USB 2.0 port)
29.9 
23.8 
Fujitsu HandyDrive
27.9 
22.5 

The Ineo also worked very quietly in our testing. We didn't run into any trouble working with it.

Service and support
We believe that you won't need much support for the Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station. But in case you do need it, it comes with a one-year warranty. According to Ineo, during this time it will repair the device for free. At Ineo's Web site, we found only the download for the device's manual and a tech support e-mail address.

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Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station

Part Number: HD-I-NA317U+
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  • Bus Type SuperSpeed USB 3.0
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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.