Kingwin EZ-Dock2 USB 3.0
The Kingwin EZ-Dock2 USB 3.0 is a sleek and convenient enclosure that would look right at home in just about any setting. It’s very minimalist in design, and with the exception of the bold lablel on the front, it has a very understated and pleasant look about it. There are no annoying, bold LEDs to worry about, nor any fans that would create additional noise in a quiet room. Factor in the convenience of using a docking station, and frankly I can’t imagine using a traditional external enclosure anymore.
In terms of performance, the EZ-Dock2’s USB 3.0 interface is extremely fast, and will not bottleneck a system like USB 2.0 will. Dropping in a couple terabyte hard drives would provide a very tempting setup without having to worry about slowdows during large file transfers. The USB 3.0 connection will make such a huge difference in reducing your wait times, it’s almost embarassing to consider using anything less for external data storage.
The only downside to note here is that the drives are not held quite as tightly as we’d prefer, but the tradeoff is you don’t have to deal with the extra bulk or weight of large walls or dividers. Perhaps Kingwin decided not to include these to further reduce production costs as well? We tend to think so, as the EZ-Dock2 retails for only $40. That’s an extremely good price for a dual-bay docking station that has USB 3.0 connectivity.
Docking stations may not garner the attention or buzz that processors or graphics cards receive, but they may be one of the most important unsung heroes in data transfer and storage. The Kingwin EZ-Dock2 USB 3.0 is an outstanding little product, offering sleek aesthetics, plug-and-play capability, ease of use, and excellent value for a very fast interface.
The Pure Point: Sleek, fast, and very affordable, the Kingwin EZ-Dock2 is a superb bit of kit.