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Delock USB 3.0 to SATA adapter works better than Angelbird’s twice as expensive USB-C to SATA converter

Delock USB 3.0 to SATA converter review

Actually, the title of this piece should have been “The Delock converter works as it’s supposed to” and that simply because you can’t use 3.5in disks with the Angelbird’s unless you find a switching power supply of 12V with a DC connector that is 3.5mm x 1.1mm. That plug is impossible to find (I tried very hard and if you can find it, please let me know so I can tell Visuals Producer readers) and as a consequence you can only use the Angelbird to hook up 2.5in drives to your computer.

Edited on Fri, 19 July, 2019: I just found out that the Delock adapter even drives a bare internal Blu-Ray burner! The Angelbird adapter does not.

The €24.00 Delock “Adapter USB 3.0 > SATA 6 Gb/s” is a three-part adapter. The box contains the actual SATA to USB adapter with a DC input and USB 3.0 type micro-B female connector, a corresponding USB 3.0 cable and a power adapter. The SATA connector firmly grabs the SATA plug on your drive while the separate cable and included power supply ensure a smooth and fast ride.

The Delock SATA to USB 3.0 adapter is built around the most reliable chipset, the Asmedia one. This ensures your drives are recognised and supported by macOS and Windows with no hiccups – unlike some other adapters. It’s the Asmedia chipset, also used by Angelbird, that made me also want to try out their USB type-C to SATA Adapter.

In terms of performance, the Delock adapter gets everything out of your disk, i.e. around 500MB/sec maximum. That’s good enough to back up your working drive as quickly as possible as a SATA drive, be it a hard drive or SSD, can’t go much faster.

I also tested Delock’s adapter to go from USB 3.1 Gen2 to USB Typ-C female. That product is based on the Etron EJ179V chipset which can provide 3 Amps at 5 Volts, or 15 Watts of USB power delivery.

That adapter looks like a USB key with a USB-C connector at the input side. It’s a bit bigger, but doesn’t sit in the way of other USB ports on my iMac. Just as with Delock’s other adapter it performs as it’s supposed to, i.e. you get USB 3.1 Gen2 speeds out of it. I tried it with a CalDigit Tuff 2TB portable drive and everything worked fine, including the power passthrough.

To compare with the Delock, I bought an Angelbird USB-C to SATA adapter for some €44.00. That’s almost double the price of the Delock and the device comes without a power adapter, although it’s listed as suitable for use with 3.5 inch drives. The adapter is a USB 3.1 Gen2 type C plug with an integrated female power connector. Angelbird claims it will power 2.5 inch as well as 3.5 inch SSD’s and hard disk drives.

There are two things that the Angelbird has the Delock hasn’t:

  • Its design is sexier; that may sound odd but if you put them next to each other, you’ll see why
  • Angelbird has a reputation of high quality, highly professional tools for video and film makers.

To start with the product itself, the inaccurate statement on the cardboard info slip reads: “Powers SATA 2.5″ and 3.5″ SSD|HDD” followed by a cryptic note “(5V and 12V)”. A footnote says the 12V power supply isn’t included and you’ll need a 12V power input with a plug of 3.5 x 1.1mm.

I have two power adapters and a dozen plugs. One is a Velleman PSSE6 and the other is a HQ Power. Both the Velleman and the HQ Power converter lacked the correct plug. I asked Velleman where I could buy the correct plug. The answer was they don’t make a plug of this exact size.

I asked the company’s support team to send me where I could buy the correct power adapter. They answered: “As we do not sell the power supply ourselves we can only point to you to available solutions from 3rd party manufacturers such as the following offering on Amazon: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0776NWM4K. The broad selection of tips include also the required adapter.” If you visit that page, you’ll see the required plug isn’t listed.

In short, the Angelbird adapter is only usable with 3.5 inch drives that you can power via the 5V USB port. Its performance with such drives is a bit better than the Delock’s but only marginally so because you’re still bumping into SATA limitations.

Conclusion

For a low price you can get a good, well-built product performing like it’s supposed to. That’s the case with both the Delock SATA adapter and the USB-C to USB-A adapter I tested.

For double the price you get a product that promises more than it can deliver from a company whose support is, well, virtually non-existent. That’s Angelbird’s USB-C to SATA adapter.