TechREACTION would like to thank Icy Dock for providing this rather unusual (but stylish) external enclosure – for our scrutiny. Being a major player in the storage enclosure market (from internal 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive adapters all the way up to external raid cages) – Icy Doc has their bases covered.
One question comes up here and that is what can you use an external drive for besides backups? The answer to that question is rather subjective and the one thing that breaks the deal is access times and transfer rates. Can this drive match the transfer rates and access times of internal drives? How about solid state drives? Is it capable of pushing the data? We shall see.
Image Gallery and Some Commentary__________________________________________The first observation, looking at the front of box, is that sales would definitely skyrocket in areas with a warmer climate. The blue smoke effects make one think of opening the freezer on a 100º afternoon while the left side panel reveals some of the features present on this unit.
The rear and side panels are pretty much all details listing the feature set of the device and showing off the I/O connectivity options, adjustments for lighting intensity, adjustments for fan speed and power input port respectively.
After removing the packaging of each component we find everything we need (minus the drive) to get up and running. Unlike printers and some other peripherals; you don’t have to drive to staples or office depot to purchase an overpriced cable. The cables themselves are standard high bandwidth of the type used for HDMI so you do not have to worry about cheap wiring costing you speed. All in all a complete, well rounded, package.
The front and rear of the unit have a much better appearance than the packaging reveals. With a satin like finish there is just enough shine to look good without stealing the eye. Upon opening the enclosure the power mechanism for the fan, lights and the locking mechanism are revealed. A note about the locking mechanism – Firm and even pressure need be applied when re-attaching the cover and the two unlocking points on the sides should be depressed for cover removal.
Looking inside the case itself we find a spring tensioner to hold the drive to the proper side of the case and alignment springs on either side to allow for proper alignment if the drive to allow proper insertion of the SATA connectors.
So we have an interesting looking package, it is well constructed and it has the ports we need. So how well does it preform?