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Akasa DuoDock S & USB 3.0 PCIe Card Review

Unlike the USB card which comes in plastic packaging, Akasa supplies the DuoDock S in a sizable cardboard box.

The box is well designed, with pictures of the product covering the front and its features and specifications covering the rear and sides of the box. Inside the box the product is very well protected, as is the bundle. The bundle consists of a very basic black and white manual, an USB 3.0 cable and a simple power adaptor.

The DuoDock S is designed to be a docking device for normal SATA 2.5″/3.5″ drives, intended for use on a desktop. Most will find the device to be fairly large; however it has to be as it should easily support the weight of a 3.5″ drive. Despite the large size most users will probably like the oval shape and elegant design. At the rear of the DuoDock one can easily notice the USB 3.0 connector, the power connector and a small button which controls the LED lighting of the device.

LED lighting? Yes, the DuoDock is equipped with blue LED lights which gently illuminate its base while it is turned on. By pressing the small button at the rear of the device, you can turn them off. While the DuoDock S is powered on the clear power button is also illuminated blue.

To connect a 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive on the DuoDock, you only have to insert the drive with the interface facing downwards into the trap door. If the drive is inserted correctly it will gently slide into place on its own, but finding the right way to insert the drive can be a bit of a challenge at first. It might take a couple of tries before the process of inserting the drive becomes familiar. You want the DuoDock S turned off before inserting/removing a drive, especially concerning mechanical drives. You may install and SATA 2.5″ and 3.5″ drive available, including SSDs.

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