Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter

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  • Overview

    Small and compact, the Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 adapter lets you easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA device. It attaches to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac, providing an eSATA port and an extra USB 3.0 port.

    Highlights

    Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA device

    Provides extra USB 3.0 port for your Mac

    Plug and play, no drivers required

    Sleek, compact design

    Did You Notice?

    You get an extra USB 3.0 port for your Mac.

    Apple Recommends For

    Connecting your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA device.

    What’s in the Box

    Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter

    Tech Specs

    Cable type: Thunderbolt

    Connections: Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2

    Height: 2 cm/0.79 in.

    Length: 20.8 cm/8.19 in.

    Width: 4.8 cm/1.89 in.

    Weight: 69 g

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: KTU10

    UPC or EAN No.: 814556017173

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: One-year limited (For details, please visit http://kanexlive.com/company/warranty.html)

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Unpredictable

      I have experienced issues similar to others I've read about. The adapter seems to have a hard time staying connected to the Thunderbolt bus for long periods of I have experienced issues similar to others I've read about. The adapter seems to have a hard time staying connected to the Thunderbolt bus for long periods of time if under any transfer load whatsoever. The effect is a great deal like yanking your drive array's cable out of the back of the computer in the middle of reads and writes. It's a flimsy, cheaply-made device, and I suspect that some lots of these are better manufactured than others. But I don't think I'm going to trust my data to another one and hope I get a good lot.

      • Written by David K from San Francisco

      55 of 62 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unpredictable

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Works like a charm here

      I've had the Kanex Tbolt to USB3-eSATA adapter for three months. It has worked pretty much exactly as I hoped it would, as a way to get USB3 speed and access U I've had the Kanex Tbolt to USB3-eSATA adapter for three months. It has worked pretty much exactly as I hoped it would, as a way to get USB3 speed and access USB peripherals with older MBPs that don't have it. As far as problems with dismounting or waking from sleep I've had enough similar issues with all manner of Thunderbolt docks in this regard, and problems with a MBPs state after waking from sleep with neither USB3 or Thunderbolt in the equation, not to mention less than perfect behavior with native USB3 ports on MBPs, specifically 2012 and 2013 models. So I hesitate to point the finger at the adapter when something happens. That said, weird stuff basically never happens. I have no need on the Macs I use it on for the audio or video functions of more expensive docks, so the only problem was waiting so long for such an adapter to appear. I swap it between MBPs easily, usually going into a hub which connects multiple storage devices, and I've never had a problem with large transfers or with several processes going on at once through it. It has been no more troublesome than any other part of my chains. Wish it was $45 instead of $80, but what can you do.

      • Written by David S K from Brooklyn

      36 of 41 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works like a charm here

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Had major issues

      I bought this product to get usb 3.0 on 2011 MBA. Plugged it in and it found the adapter just fine. Plugged in my external ssd to usb port worked fine. Confi I bought this product to get usb 3.0 on 2011 MBA. Plugged it in and it found the adapter just fine. Plugged in my external ssd to usb port worked fine. Configured network and plugged in the network cable and bam. No more external drive. Unplugged network nothing. I plugged in my external usb 2.0 port and it worked but was spotty on recognizing external drives. My external 1tb drive worked sometimes in the usb port. Ethernet worked great but I needed it for usb 3.0. It did not perform or work as I expected. I sent it back. Guess I will try a dock or something else.

      • Written by Paul S from Kilgore

      17 of 21 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Had major issues

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Did it burn out my video card?

      I bought one of these about a year ago, thinking it is a way to get higher speed USB on my USB2 iMac 27". It did actually work brilliantly, especially when I ad I bought one of these about a year ago, thinking it is a way to get higher speed USB on my USB2 iMac 27". It did actually work brilliantly, especially when I added a USB3 hub to allow me to connect several disks. I even bought another to use on a Mac Mini. However, after about six months I started to get random disconnects and other odd behaviour. I swapped the hub back to a USB port on the iMac - no more problems. However, I did leave the device plugged in, and after a while connected a single disk to it. There were no apparent problems in the following six months. I even plugged a second one into the second Thunderbolt port. Then the video card in my iMac died! It could well have been random, but given the strange behaviour earlier, I am wondering whether the Kanex devices were responsible, eg, drawing too much power and burning out the video card on my iMac? :-( In short, it seems a great device, but there appear to be a few problems judging by other reviews and my experience.

      • Written by David M from Cardiff South

      Is this review useful?Did it burn out my video card?

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      eSata connection to Vantec 2.5" enclosure fails.

      I was disappointed I can't boot from USB3. eSata connection to Vantec USB3/eSata 2.5" enclosure worked for a while then suddenly fails with SSD then with HD. I was disappointed I can't boot from USB3. eSata connection to Vantec USB3/eSata 2.5" enclosure worked for a while then suddenly fails with SSD then with HD. So far ok with 3.5" OWC eSata enclosure.

      • Written by jason B from Aurora

      Is this review useful?eSata connection to Vantec 2.5" enclosure fails.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great with eSATA SSD

      Works great with eSATA SSD, my 2014 iMac with 5400RPM hard drive is extreme slow, and after I move my system to eSATA SSD, it runs blazing fast, also an USB 3.0 Works great with eSATA SSD, my 2014 iMac with 5400RPM hard drive is extreme slow, and after I move my system to eSATA SSD, it runs blazing fast, also an USB 3.0 UASP SSD works fine too. I see there are some people have eSATA connection issue, but thats the issue with your enclosure, not a problem with this adapter. Enclosures have trouble with this adapter also failure on a Windows PC with onboard eSATA connector. Many 2.5" enclosure and their control chip have very bad design and very low permission with their eSATA port, for example Vantec NexStar 6G and Acomdata Tango, both of them need connect the eSATA cable and turn on your computer BEFORE you connect the power cord for the enclosure, otherwise it won't work, that's why some of comment said then have trouble when resume from sleep. The only 2.5" enclosure I tested work with this adapter is AZiO ENC211SU31, but all cheaper eSATA+USB to SATA 22Pin cable works fine. The really bad thing is the controller chip in the multi port enclosure, many of them using a complex port enumeration machnism and mess up the eSATA port, especially, Vantec NexStar 6G have a port multiplier which makes SSD recognized as a HDD, and disable the TRIM function. That multiplier also makes many PC motherboards can't boot from that. All and all, this Kanex adapter provide really good functionality, but the quality of eSATA enclosure on the market is really hit and miss, if you want a reliable eSATA connection, just go for an adapter cable, don't waste money on that overpriced enclosures.

      • Written by Peng An Z from Burnaby

      Is this review useful?Works great with eSATA SSD

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