Question on Hard Drive Duplicator Docks vs Software.

Iv recently been cloning more SSD to replace older HHDs,

and it never occurred to me to get a drive duplicator,

If all you need to do is move data from smaller storage hhds to larger ssd I could see y the drive cloner would come in handy.

Is there a downside or limitation on using hardware vs software for simple cloning?

*This might be a dumb question and I doubt this is the case but will this screw with the firmware of the target SSD if its a totally different drive ?