Sharkoon has a history of creating interesting, under-stated peripherals that no one really thinks about, until they see them. And once they do, it's nearly impossible to forget about. Look at this one for instance -- it's an external SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter. Basically, it connects external SATA drives to a PC or notebook through a USB 3.0 port, which more and more laptops are shipping with. This is a turnkey solution to make an external HDD accessible on one's laptop, without dealing with crazy cabling or soldering.
The 22-pin adapter supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs as well as optical 5.25" drives. The power supply of the drive occurs through the enclosed power pack, and a status LED indicates operation and data transfer. The adapter sits in a black plastic housing with a silver brushed aluminum finish, and while it's not super portable, it's definitely not too large to take if you have a carry-on. On top of that, the device offers a convenient Backup Function: data can be saved and synchronized with just a push of a button. The desired Backup settings can be entered in advance using the included software.
It's a plug-and-play, and ships with software support for Windows XP, Vista and 7; it'll ship soon for 22.29 Euros, though no other price for other regions is given.
Sharkoon DriveLink USB3.0: PC Port Adapter for SATA Drives through USB3.0 | with Backup Function | MSRP 22.29 euros
Sharkoon introduces a practical adapter which connects external SATA drives to a PC or Notebook through its fast USB3.0 interface. The Sharkoon DriveLink USB3.0 is a simple solution for users who want quick access to their hard drives without excessive additional time and effort, or who want to alternate between multiple disks. With the 22 Pin adapter hard drives and SSDs with 2.5 and 3.5 inch formats can be attached as well as optical 5.25 inch drives. The power supply of the drive occurs through the enclosed power pack. A status LED indicates operation and data transfer.
The adapter sits in a black plastic housing with a silver brushed aluminum finish. With its pants, jackets, and notebook bag compatible dimensions of 58 x 56 x 21 mm (L x W x H) and light weight of only 54 grams, the Sharkoon DriveLink USB3.0 is a discreet companion while in transit.
On top of that, the device offers a convenient Backup Function: Data can be saved and synchronized with just a push of a button. The desired Backup settings can be entered in advance using the included software.
The Plug&Play capable Sharkoon DriveLink USB3.0 supports the operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Shipping includes a power supply (12V/2A), Tools CD with Backup software and PDF instruction manual as well as a USB3.0 cable.
End customers will find the Sharkoon DriveLink USB3.0 available for the suggested retail price of 22.29 in authorized retailers.