With the ORICO USB 3.0 docking station (model 6818US3) you can attach nearly any 2.5” or 3.5” SATA HDD or SSD directly to your laptop or desktop via a single USB connection. Drives attached through the dock are recognized as removal storage devices and it is advertised to work with Linux, Windows, and MacOS. With the combination of USB 3.0 and support for the USB Attached SCSI Protocol, I went into the review expecting to see some pretty impressive numbers as far as transfer speeds were concerned and I was not disappointed.
The upper tier model boasts a sleek “Apple like” aesthetic and great build quality thanks to the support from the surrounding aluminum frame. The top and bottom of the unit are composed of a sturdy, white, ABS plastic and it is equipped with four rubber feet on the underside to keep it from sliding around. A 3ft USB cable and a DC power supply with cable length of approximately 4ft are included with the dock. As a side note, the Aluminum version might seem a little pricey to some people, there is also a plastic black version that sells for $10 less and utilizes the exact same internals (so you can expect to see the exact same transfer speeds).
Using the dock is a breeze, plug it into a computer via USB and connect the DC power supply. From there you can insert your 2.5” or 3.5” SATA HDD or SSD and activate the unit by pressing the power button on the back. After a few seconds the drive should show up as a removable device. I tested the dock using Windows 10 and Ubuntu MATE 16.04 and it worked flawlessly on both operating systems.
Transfer speeds fell in line with some of the fastest USB enclosures I have tested. Using an ADATA SP550 SSD, read speeds came in just over 420MB/s and write speeds were just under 350MB/s . For more information, take a look at the benchmark results below.
Throughout the review I only ran into one small con. While installing and removing 3.5” drives, I noticed that the drives were leaving black scratches on the white cover (see picture below). This was slightly bothersome to me and due to this I personally prefer the black version where the scratches are much less noticeable.
- LOOKS GREAT AND FEELS GREAT
- SIMPLE YET FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
- EASY TO USE
- PLUG AND PLAY
- FAST TRANSFER SPEEDS
- WORKS WITH NEARLY EVERY 2.5″ / 3.5″ SATA DRIVE
- REMOVING AND INSERTING DRIVE LEAVES SCRATCHES ON THE TOP COVER (MORE OF A PROBLEM WITH THE WHITE ALUMINIUM VERSION)