Published on February 8th,2008 at 2:26 AM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Need a USB e-SATA Rack? Here are Four!

Thanks to Geek Stuff 4 U, we were able to get our hands on four USB and e-SATA racks at 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDD. Make sure you don’t miss the video at the end of the news!

The plug & play system makes these devices extremely easy to use, almost like inserting a cartridge in those good old video consoles back in the day! HDD racks are an excellent tool for those who need to store a lot of data in a tiny and robust device.

Two companies are battling for the market: Black Box and Logitec, not to be mistaken with Swiss company Logitech.

The Black Box is more of a business tool while the Logitec version is aiming at the usual geeks like you and me.

The Black Box range are the: USB and USB/e-Sata versions.

Logitec proposes a USB, hub USB and e-Sata model.

We did a quick speedtest to check the performances in both reading and writing from a USB 2.0 memory stick, and a Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB Caviar Sata 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA hard disk drive.

Pros for the black box range:
-long lasting
-heavy base, more stability

Cons for the black box range:
-no protection at the rear (Watch your fingers!)
-missing a USB hub + e-SATA version

Pros for the Logitech:
-Nice design
-e-SATA and USB Hub
-HDD protection cover

Cons for the Logitech:
-Weak SATA connector inside the cradle
-Too light, requires both hands in order to remove the HDD from its cradle
-Cheap, weak HDD protection cover
-USB hub automatically disconnects when e-SATA mode is on

When it comes to raw data performances, all four of our products are similar in both USB or e-SATA mode. In terms of usability the less fancy “Black Box” model is by far the winner due to its simplicity and sturdiness

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  • Ejrech

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    I’ve been waiting for something like this…

    (don’t suppose you’d be so kind as to let me know what song that was, too? =)

  • MattE

    Um, that\’s Logitec, not Logitech.

  • Momma

    Do you have any contact information for the Black Box company?

    I’m interested to find out if they have an IDE version as well. I received my SATA vers of it today, and it’s great. An IDE version would make life much easier for all the older drives that I also have!

  • thebagleguy

    they wont make an IDE version becuase IDE is not plug and play like sata

  • Momma

    Yeah, IDE doesn’t support hot plugging, so it would require cycling the power off/on when switching drives. But that’s a small sacrifice in return for the convenience of slotting in the drive so easily. Though I realize it’s unlikely they’d have a high enough demand for an IDE version to justify the manuf costs. :S

  • dexxx

    Nice thing, do any already use this?

  • cyberandy

    Wow that’s a really good way to connect, and fast too.

  • anna

    I’ve been waiting for something like this…

  • SexyAlexis

    nice rack! I mean…you know what I mean, lol. What’s really interesting is that Logitech is not suing these guys for having awfully similar names…or have they already?

  • aas

    IDE doesn’t support hot plugging

  • Vehicles

    Something to dream about



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