Startech puts a new twist on the standard SATA dock by adding a fan to keep things cool. The SATDOCKU3SEF SATA dock includes eSATA and USB 3.0 ports and can accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5 drives.

The 80mm fan worked well to keep our drives cool including high performance 10,000 RPM models. It’s quiet and after having a drive plugged in for a while you forget it’s in an external dock.

Swapping out drives requires powering down the unit. If a similar make and model is inserted the system may recognize it instantly. If it’s a different model than it may require futzing a bit to get it to recognize the drive.

All in all, not that much different than previous docks that all seem to be OEM’d from the same factory in China anyway. The addition of USB 3.0 and eSATA is nice.

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