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Review: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

updated 12:36 pm EDT, Sat August 30, 2014

Does the KTU10 give USB 3.0 to 2011 Macs as well as Kanex claims?

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. James Katt

    Junior Member

    Joined: 03-02-08

    eSATA is a dead, no future, connector. The same with Firewire. Given how fast Thunderbolt drive arrays are, given how fast USB 3.0 drives her, it was unbelievably easy to simply switch over all of my external hard drives to USB 3.0 cases and Thunderbolt drive arrays. Thus is much better than this stop-gap, expsnvie eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    It has little future, but to say it's dead today? Not quite. The adapter works well for what it is, and the $80 for the adapter can be cheaper to implement than a new multi-bay enclosure. Gigabit will be supplanted by 10G within two years, but there'll still be a need for it, and the same can be said for eSATA.

    I'd love for everybody to have the money for multi bay Thunderbolt enclosures. Until the price comes down on them, though, we'll have adapters like this.

    Plus, this adapter gives USB 3.0 to 2011 Macs that have USB 2.0 onboard.

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