Discussion in 'Industry News' started by Bindibadgi, 12 Apr 2008.
I'm curious to see a review. (subscribing)
I got a reply today - they're completely out of stock it's an extremely popular product but they'll try to sort us out when they get more in.
I've emailed them to see if they have a list of UK stockests so i'll keep an eye out. Its actually quite sad how much i'm looking forward to getting hold of one!! It solves a bunch of problems i have at the moment and means i can take out all the spare cables from my main rig which will be nice - might actually get to put the sides on sometime soon!!
Mappers seems to have these in stock for £25 if people are still interested
the Maplin's one doesn't appear to have eSATA so your transfer speed will be limited by the USB interface.
SCAN have 1 like that too @ £18.74
However, they also seem to have the real thing @£29.36
I can confirm the Maplin one is USB only - I asked to look inside the box.
I must say I was impressed when I first saw this concept - of hot plugging a HDD into a hub, but for the life of me I cannot see a regular reason for doing this myself that would warrant having the funds and the desk space (cupboard space) for one of these. Sure if you're an IT support or a full time PC builder it'll be a life saver but for the home enthusiast I see a lot of these being under used - or am I the only one to think this?
I'm liking that SATA Quick Port PRO
They also sell the Sharkoon 'DriveLink' - which accepts IDE or SATA 2.5", 3.5", and 5.25" drives
USB 2.0 only though
These things seem to exist under the brands of Stage and Thermaltake, as well as Sharkoon. No idea who the OEM is, some unheard of company in Taiwan probably, teaming up with the more well known names to take the product into the wider market.
There are loads of variants that exist if you search the web a bit, including one with 4 front USB ports, and a version that has USB, eSATA and Firewire 800 interfaces.
There's also another one floating about branded 'Logitec' (does not apear to be the same company as the well known keyboard / mouse people) which is a quite different design, on the same basis;
I wouldn't want to import one though, would cost a bit too much.
Given time I'm sure we'll see more of these in the UK.
Very handy. I am intrigued.
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