External hard drive enclosures are great. Many people use them because they are simple and easy to use, allow you to take your data with you and look pretty damn cool sitting on your desk. ICY DOCK has been making enclosures for as long as I can remember and they have always done it right and the MB559U3S-1S is no exception.
Starting off with looks like silver metal chassis looks awesome and the white accent gives a very cool effect. This is all set off by the white power and activity LED. The style of the enclosure is definitely up to date and did I mention it also comes in all black! The enclosure is also very small, not much larger than the actual hard drive you will be installing inside. This means it is going to take up less space on your desk. The drive can be positioned either vertically or horizontally with its “pop out” feet, which is one of my favorite features.
As far as connections go ICY DOCK has loaded this drive with two of the fastest connections available in eSATA and USB 3.0. Both are very fast and will provide you with great transfer speeds. Don’t have a USB 3.0 connection? No need to worry the enclosure is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so if your system has a USB port then you are fine. Also the tray system that ICY DOCK uses is compatible with many of their other devices. This means you could have one of their bay devices at home and the MB559U3S-1S at work and you could easily take your work home with you.
Right now you can pick up this enclosure at my favorite online retailer for $69.99, which for the quality and ease of use seems about right. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ICY DOCK MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure a 10 out of 10 score.
– Sleek and slim design
– USB 3.0 and eSATA
– Easy installation
– Tray is compatible with other ICY DOCK devices
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