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.
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.