Turn your gaming laptop into a desktop with 4TB of storage. It's even better than it sounds.
For the sake of simplicity and flexibility, many turn to gaming laptops as a solution. There are more of them available on the market than ever before, and their performance can often rival even the most capable gaming desktop. On top of that, their portability gives them an incredible advantage over desktops. Whether taking them on the road or just into another room for a bit of variety — a welcome reprieve in this era of mandatory work from home so many of us are experiencing — a gaming laptop can allow us to un-tether without leaving our games behind.
The downsides of relying on a gaming laptop are just as apparent as the benefits: laptops are not modular in the way PCs are. Upgrades can be difficult or altogether impossible. Even something as simple as upgrading storage may not be feasible for many gaming laptops, meaning you may end up getting stuck with the storage options you chose at the time of purchase no matter how much space new games take up.
The first time you connect the dock to your laptop you’ll be prompted with a registration tool, as well as an initial configuration of any backups. The drive also supports the full gamut of RGB lighting, as well as three presets and three custom settings with multiple colors. I find that the red setting made the whole affair at least 10% faster.
Even with the Thunderbolt 3 port bottleneck, the FireCuda 510 M.2 drive is more than fast enough to handle heavy-streaming open world titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Death Stranding. I saw a solid decrease in loading speeds across the board. I also found another appropriate use for the drive setup — my video workflow. I use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and frankly…it’s a pig. It’ll use every bit of speed you’ll feed it, so I used the M.2 drive’s read and write speeds to handle all of the video scrubbing and renders. Knowing that I may need to make adjustments or re-render objects, I then flowed the raw assets to the IronWolf drive for long term storage. It keeps my laptop clear for games, while keeping work segregated onto the dock — a welcome separation.
Powered by an IronWolf NAS drive and an NVMe expansion slot, this dock is a fantastic high-speed hub for any Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptop. It can provide all of the connectivity you need for multiple monitors, Ethernet, USB 3.1, and more, all while remaining whisper silent and with as much or little RGB as you’d like.