SunbeamTech SATA Dock Review


Concenience of Function

I’ve always been an advocate of external devices.  Except for HDD enclosures - the lack of heat dissipation on most of them makes me shudder in my Spiderman jammies.  But other stuff, like thousands of Plug N’ Play USB devices out there, have always made my eyes glaze over and my tongue hang like a puppy with a mouthful of peanut butter.  The one thing that always draws me in is Convenience of Function.

And what is that, you ask?  Convenience of Function is the term I give any good product that does its damned job without a whole bunch of crap work involved.  Install these drivers while plugging in this and then rub the top counter-clockwise whilst singing the Star Spangled Banner.  You know the usual nonsense that comes with most electronics.  My review today is on a product that is an excellent example of convenience of function.  The SunBeamTech eSATA/USB 2.0 HDD Docking Station is a versatile and convenient way to access your precious data on the fly.

Here are some specs on this critter:


  • Enables the direct connection of a SATA HDD or SATA II HDD to your PC
  • Suitable for 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA HDDs
  • External interface: USB 2.0 (max. 480 MB/s)
  • Support USB / ESATA Hot Plug feature
  • 132 x 94 x 69 mm

  • USB 2.0 Transfer Rate Up to 480Mbps
  • Supports: Window 2000 / XP / VISTA, Linux and MAC
  • HDD Dock x 1
  • USB Cable x 1
  • eSATA Cable x 1
  • 12V/2A DC Adapter x 1
  • User Manual x 1
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  1. tweaker

    June 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    For SATA one-click hot-swapping, check out I have no affiliation with them.

  2. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    SATA is itself hot-swappable, not just eSATA. Sounds like you got a deal for your particular dock. The extra USB ports would have been nice on this one.

  3. Sarah

    June 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Microdirect do the same but with 3x USB ports and a USB 'power only' port for about £18. I bought mine a few weeks ago, as a USB drive it's great, eSATA is fine too but not hot-swappable (could be my PC as it has the eSATA port is wired to one of the mobos SATA skts, so may not be eSATA.

    still, well worth the price

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