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

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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)
Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0
Iomega eGo Portable
Transcend Storjet 25F
Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station (via USB 2.0 port)
Fujitsu HandyDrive

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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