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Other World Computing Dual Bay SATA Drive Dock Review

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This USB 3.1 Gen 2 SATA drive dock is one of the better made USB docks we've tested that can realize the full speed of two hard drives or SSDs connected via a USB 3.1 Type C port. Type C is that small port you see on current smart phones.

Previous docks we've tested all looked like they came from the same factory with different stickers attached for different brands. They all used an external power supply and the power buttons were flimsy on all of them. We really haven't seen a decent, well made, SATA dock until we came across the OWC units.

This dock is well made with a built in power supply and lights that indicate which drive is being accessed. We mostly tested it with 1 drive but can confirm it works with two. It also supports larger capacity drives. We tested it with the WD 12TB gold drives and achieved max published speeds of the drives while reading and writing. sata dock 2

There's no fan and the solid aluminum case keeps things running cool. The 12TB helium based Gold drives run cool and since it's a dock there's plenty of surface area exposed to keep it running cool. Working with the drive in the dock gave us pretty much the same performance as working with the drive installed inside the PC.

Our primary use for a dock is to back up large video projects. The OWC is a good solution for this because we can quickly access bare drives and swap them in and out as needed. It's also handy for 2 backups of the same content on identical drives.

Each of the drive bays that are compatible with 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives and capable of read speeds up to 698 MB/s and write speeds up to 918 MB/s, the Drive Dock allows for simultaneous drive bay operation, and it's compatible with both Mac and Windows systems. We only tested with Windows 10 workstations. We were very pleased with the seamless performance. Recommended.

Secret Lab Throne Gaming Chair Review

throne purpleSecret Lab makes a variety of gaming chairs. These are essentially very nice office style chairs with attractive and ergonomic designs. The chairs come shipped in a big box with the color of the chair on the outside of the box. It would be very difficult to ship the wrong item.

Secret Lab does a really nice job of packaging the chair and making it dead simple to assemble. They recommend getting the help of a friend to assemble the chair which we didn't find necessary. There are some excellent assembly videos available too for those tackling their first chair. This video by Secret Lab really shows how easy it is to put together. Everything is well organized and there's also an excellent 1 sheet in the box if the wifi is down.

The trickiest part of the assembly is dealing with the plastic wrap of the seat cushion and avoiding the recline mechanism. Secret Lab does a good job of making sure you know not to touch the mechanism until the the back of the chair is attached to the base. They really make you deathly afraid and we can't help but wonder if there's another way to achieve this assembly without the added stress and warning when you first open the box.

Once assembled the Secret Lab Throne chair is a very comfortable chair. It comes with two small pillows for lumbar and neck support. These are nice but we didn't find we needed them. The Throne is considered the small chair in the Secret Lab lineup but we found it comfortable for funkyfresh staffers of all shapes and sizes.

The Throne sells in the $250-$300 range. It's well made, looks good and easy to assemble. We'll decide if it's a good value based on how it holds up over time.

RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger Review

The RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger is sturdy and well made. It can charge any combination of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, generally any rechargeable USB device.

Instead of having multiple wall warts on the kitchen counter this unit takes just 1 AC outlet to power 6 devices. It's much easier to create an organized charging station and all devices charge quickly and it comes with a 1.5m power cord to give you a little extra wiggle room.

The RAVPower RP-PC029 includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and claims it can charge devices up to 4x as fast as conventional chargers. We didn't measure as there's just too many variables with all the devices and battery health etc. We can tell you this unit seemed to charge everything as fast or faster than OEM chargers they came with. This includes iPads, iPhones, Sony Phones, Samsung Phones and SanDisk MP3 players.

Not that we get all excited about charging units but yes this is a good device and well worth the $30. It feels solid, works well and will not end up in the drunk drawer with the sub-par chargers. You'll get a lot of use out of this.

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