August 12, 2014

Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) Review!

Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) Review!

Get the Space You Need When You Need it the Most!

Nowadays, storage is key for success especially if you’re always looking for more, like myself. I remember when a 4GB USB Stick could do everything for me, such as holding all of my music, to storing all my photos, and helping to transferring videos from one computer to another. Even hacking my Wii so I could experience a better experience.

Now, it’s dead and could barely complete any of my tasks that I’m constantly demanding. The ability to all of the above, all at once, is only available with a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or/and a Solid State Drive (SSD). I have a HDD in one PC and a SSD in another and a spare HDD but I can’t simply connect it to my PC like it’s the new trend – until now thanks to the USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) from Unitek.

What’s in the box?

The box itself is pretty compact but not too large nor too small – it’s just right. Unitek provides you with everything you need in order to get started right away:

  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Getting Started Paperwork
  • Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078)

Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078)

Where does the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) exceed?

All of my computers have at least one USB 3.0 port and that’s all good and dandy. Why? USB 3.0 is the fastest USB port at the moment allowing you to transfer files (Music, Photos, Videos, etc.) from your computer to a device. In this situation, I was able to transfer my files from my computer to an external Hard Drive (Approx. 250GB) in less than time usual.

Note: External Hard Drive is originally a 3.5-inch SATA HDD. Now connected to my computer via the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078).

The process of getting this setup up and running was simple, fast, and easy. I simply connected the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) to my Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga via the included USB 3.0 cable, connected the power adapter to the wall, turn on the dock via the switch, and inserted my HDD. My computer recognized it right away and showed a new window with the contents of my HDD. The installation was successfully and I formatted my HDD in order to fully test this docking station.

I started with transferring photos from my computer to the HDD. These photos are 41 Megapixels (1920 by 1080 Pixels) and there were 30 photos in total. The transferring was fast and it took about 3 minutes to complete the task with no errors.

Music files transferring was the same as the photos (300 Music Files in Total) but the video transferring was a bit tricky. I transferred a total of 5 videos (Time Frames of 3 – 5 Minutes) and it took about 20 to 30 minutes. Not the fastest but it sure does beat 2 – 3 hours.

I didn’t have a SDD to test with so I do apologize for this inconvenience. If you’re still new with figuring out how transfer speeds are different among SATA3, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 check out the following overview:

  • 6Gbps : SATA3
  • 5Gbps : USB 3.0
  • 0.48Gbps : USB 2.0

As you can see, USB 3.0 features speeds that are 12 times faster than USB 2.0 while it also is as fast as SATA3 which is usually found in desktop computers. The ability have an external connection that fast makes one hell of a difference.

Note: This comparison differs between devices and connection methods.

Where does the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) lack?

Honestly, I haven’t found any errors, problems, or flaws with the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078). I will continue to test it and will hopefully bring you a recap over the next couple of months.

Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078)

How does the Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA6G Docking Station (Y-1078) fit in my life?

Personally, I love this accessory especially since it has helped me expand my storage options – even by a little. In my situation, I’m using a ultrabook with a 256GB SSD and 2-3rds of it has already been filled with pre-installed applications and my common applications and files. I like to game and cut loose so having an external HDD is key for me – in this case I’m sticking with a 250GB HDD. I now have more storage on my ultrabook as well as keeping my files safe and secured on my external HDD.

Why should you purchase this for yourself?

Simple. Expand your storage options with an accessory that is up-to-date with the 21st Century and can provide you with years of service with a company that is good on their word of great service and products.

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