Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S Mobile Rack Review

On the table today is a 2.5” drive rack by Icy Dock. The MB994SP-4S can hold four 2.5” drives, and fit all of them in a single 5.25” bay in your desktop or server. It can fit any 2.5” drive up to 15mm in height (yes, that includes Western Digital’s extremely popular 2.5” Velociraptor drives!) The chassis of the rack is 100% aluminum, which gives a solid feel and a clean look. It also has dual 40mm exhaust fans to keep the higher-RPM drives cool. Read on to find out more.

Special thanks to Icy Dock for providing us with the MB994SP-4S mobile rack to review.

From the Manufacturer
Introducing the Icy Dock MB994SP-4S Quad Bay 2.5″ SATA/SAS Mobile Rack for use in a single 5.25″ device bay. This product is constructed of heavy duty metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front & back for maximum airflow to keep both SATA and SAS drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of each drive tray to give the user drive status at all times. Dual 4-pin power connectors are used to ensure a consistent power supply to all 4 drives, whether they are low power SSD’s or power hungry 15000 RPM SAS drives. Also included are dual 40mm cooling fans to keep the drives running in at optimal temperatures in even the most intense applications.

The MB994SP-4S utilizes our brand new EZ Slide Mini Trays, making drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are built using full metal so that they are durable for many lifetimes, but will not weigh you down when transporting your data from system to system. And featuring a full cage design, the added top drive cover provides added protection while moving the drive. The trays are also designed to accommodate 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 15mm drives giving you the ultimate universal 2.5″ hot swap bay.

Utilizing its small form factor, The MB994SP-4S is perfect for use in industrial PCs, servers, or any small form factor case where 5.25” bays are limited and large drive capacity is needed, especially compact RAID 5 systems. It is built to function in the most demanding environments including military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. The heavy metal design makes it ideal for placement in rugged environments

Features
– Fits 4 x 2.5″ SATA I / II / III and SAS HDD/SSD.
– Accommodates Drives with up to 15mm Height.
– Fits 4 Drives into a Single 5.25″ Device Bay.
– Status LED on Front for Each Drive.
– Full Metal EZ Slide Mini Tray System with Full Cage Design.
– Small Form Factor Perfect for IPC, Servers, and Small Form Factor Cases.
– Front, Rear, Top, and Bottom Ventilation Slots.
– Dual 40mm Cooling Fans.
– Heavy Duty Full Metal Construction.
– Support SATA 6Gbps.
– Top Cover for the Tray Adds Extra Drive Protection.

Packaging
The Icy Dock MB994SP-4S comes in an aesthetically pleasing box, with enough information to satisfy.
The front of the package has the rack on center stage, with product highlights bulleted, along with the logos of the standards it adheres to. The rear of the box gives a brief description of the drive in multiple languages, as well as a specification sheet.

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The bottom of the box gives you an image-based tutorial of how to install drives in the rack (only 4 steps!). The top gives you an airflow diagram.

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Inside the box is the MB994SP-4S in bubble wrap, and all the screws you’ll need.

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To give you a good idea of how the MB994SP-4S comes check out our unboxing video below!

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