Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories

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Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories

April 4, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Product
MB082SP EZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Bracket MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SATA Drive Converter MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station/IDE Adapter
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$15~$20 US$15~$20 US$45

Icy Dock is a company with a singular obsession for storage accessories. It seems that anything that can be done with a hard drive or solid state drive can be with one of Icy Dock's many products. Their catalogue consists of a myriad of single and multi-bay interface adapters, conversion brackets, and enclosures for 3.5" and 2.5" drives with a variety of interfaces (IDE/SATA/SAS). As accessories often have high profit margins, there are numerous cheap, generic alternatives to the Icy Dock products we're examining. While Icy Dock's products perform the same basic functions, they are easier to use, better featured and backed by a more solid brand name.

EZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Bracket (MB082SP)


Package contents.

Like all the products in our roundup, the EZ-Fit Pro Dual ships in fairly plain packaging. It's a simple metal frame that facilitates the mounting of a pair of 2.5" notebook drives, one atop the other, in a 3.5" bay. Drives are installed directly from the front without any tools thanks to a neat spring-loaded mounting scheme. Though it can be secured to an external drive bay, it's not well-suited for hotswapping as the lack of a SATA backplane means the cables at the back have to be attached/detached every time you change a drive.

Icy Dock EZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Bracket: Specifications (from the product web page)
Model Number MB082SP
Color Black
Compatible Drive Type 2.5" SATA/IDE HDD & SSD
HDD up to 9.5mm thickness in height
Device Fit
Internal 3.5" device bay
Support HDD Capacity No Limitation
Structure Metal
Dimension (L x W x H) 146 x 102 x 25mm
Weight 244g

2.5" to 3.5" SATA Drive Converter (MB882SP-1S-1B)


Package contents.

Icy Dock's 2.5" to 3.5" SATA Drive Converter offers more limited functionality. Rather than an open mounting bracket, it's a plastic enclosure. The casing may make the drive quieter even though it lacks dampening material, but it doesn't offer any other practical benefit over the EZ Fit Pro Dual. It's not as versatile a product as it only takes a single drive and can't be used with IDE drives.

Icy Dock 2.5" to 3.5" SATA Drive Converter: Specifications (from the product web page)
Item Number - White MB882SP-1S-1
Item Number - Black MB882SP-1S-1B
External Interface SATA
Compatible Drive Type 2.5" SATA I, II & III HDD & SSD (9.5mm)
Device Fit 3.5" SATA hard drive bay
Transfer Rate Up to 6Gb/sec.
Support HDD Capacity No Limitation
Structure Plastic
Dimension (L x W x H) 145 x 101 x 25 mm
Weight 195.3 g

2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station / IDE Adapter (MB981U3-1SA)


Package contents.

Icy Dock's docking station is likely to be the most useful of these devices. It allows users to connect single drives, 2.5" or 3.5", to their system via USB 3.0 (or 2.0). Being an external solution, it is incredibly convenient for users who need to access data from bare drives on a routine basis. This particular model is actually two products in one as the interface adapter built into the bottom of the dock can be detached for IDE connectivity and/or to make it easier to transport. The USB cable is approximately 3' long while the power cable length is about 5'.

Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station/
IDE Adapter: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model Number MB981U3-1SA
Color Black
Drive Fit 2.5" / 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6 Gbps hard drive or SSD
2.5" / 3.5" IDE hard drive
Connection Interface SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Transfer Rate Up to 5 Gbps (depending on hard drive speed)
Structure Plastic
LED Indication Device Power & Drive Activity
LED Display Color Power: Amber; Drive Activity: Amber flashing
Power ON / Off Power Button
Dimension (L x W x H) 150 x 79.7 x 92mm
Weight 412g


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