CES 2014: Thermaltake Adds Wi-Fi to its BlacX Hard Drive Dock

Posted on January 13, 2014 11:21 AM by Rob Williams

In the six or so years that Thermaltake’s BlacX hard drive dock series has existed, it’s gained a reputation for being reliable – something I can back up as I’ve had two different models during most of that time (I’ve been rocking the 5G model for three years). So with such a successful product, what was the next step Thermaltake could… take? Wi-Fi, of course.

With the BlacX Urban, the dock doesn’t just get an aesthetic makeover (which looks quite sharp, I must admit), it allows you to access the docked storage from anywhere in the house via wireless. Admittedly, an alternative would be to create a share for the drive on the PC it’s connected to, but with built-in Wi-Fi, you’d be able to access the storage even if that particular PC is shut off.

Thermaltake BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Hard Drive Dock

Further, Thermaltake will be releasing an app (iOS, Android) that will allow you to interface with the drive a little more elegantly. I hope at some point, Thermaltake will release a dual-bay version of this BlacX, but as this one carries a $79.99 USD suggested retail price, we imagine the company decided to keep things simple for the moment.

  • Kayden

    This is an excellent idea, especially if you want to share media from it and don’t want to run a power hungry PC.

  • http://techgage.com/ Jamie Fletcher

    This is more of a NAS with USB, without the extra services. Still useful.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      What I love is the portability of this though. Can bring it to a friend’s place easier than a full NAS (plus I wouldn’t want to lug multiple drives around all the time).

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