CNET First Look
G-Technology's G-Dock ev blends USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt togetherCNET editor Dong Ngo shows how in order to get lucky you just might have to shake it pretty hard, with the new G-Technology G-Dock ev storage device.
Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here today. Let's get serious about storage for a change. Now, this is a brand new G-Drive EV from G Technology. This is a very nice, rugged portable drive that offers 1 terabyte of storage space. And over here, it has a USB 3.0 port that work with the imploded cable right here. That's all you need to hook it to a computer and when you do, it looks pretty fast and pretty well. But that's not serious because most drive of the same type works the same way that brings it to something quite different about this one and that is the little door right here. Let's open it. Here we go. On the inside, you see there's an SATA port, which exactly the same as that of a regular internal drive right here. As it turns out, this drive right here apart from being an external drive, it can also work as an internal drive of another storage device, which is this G-DOCK ev right here. Now it gets serious. Now, this docking station can host two of the G-Drive EV's at a time. And in fact, it comes with two of them included. The dock itself connects to a computer using a Thunderbolt connection, which is twice the speed of USB 3.0. The device comes with 2 Thunderbolt port. Here, you could see, so that you can connect more Thunderbolt devices to it in a daisy chain setup. Once inserted into these G-DOCK ev, the 2 drives can work at 2 separate volumes. In this case, you can take them out freely and use them with other computers that don't support Thunderbolt. This offers great flexibility in case you want to share or collect data with all from other sources. The two can also be branded together in a red one or red zero configurations to offer data protection or super fast speed. But in this case, watch out this release button right here because you do not want to accidentally release a drive in a weak setup like that. That said, the G-DOCK ev here when working with 2 G-Drive EVs offer you 3 option; great flexibility, data protection or great performance. Now in my testing, the G-DOCK ev and the G-Drive EV, indeed offer very fast performance of up to 225 megabyte per second when you use Thunderbolt or 133 megabyte per second when you use USB 3.0. Note that these are sustained real-going speed. Now the G-DOCK ev speed obviously changes depending on how you set up the drives on the inside. You know, I found the G-DOCK ev totally worth its current price of $420 that includes 2 drive here and the cables. You can also get just the drive itself for $120, which is not bad for a very good and rugged USB 3.0. For now, remember, the G-DOCK ev here only takes the G-Drive EV and not the regular internal drive like this one right here. You sure can put it in like this, but nothing gonna happen until you start shaking it. And when you do, if you're lucky, it might just hit the spot. But then, it's not about storage anymore. I'm serious that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the G-DOCK ev and the G-Drive EV from G Technology.