Accessories Reviews
Accessories reviews balance between a spectrum of products from computer cases to video surveillance cameras and even to accessories that enable users to squeeze more storage into smaller footprints. Accessories reviews form a large catch-all to compile all of the tech extras that users require, but that don't quite fit into our other categories of SSDs, HDDs, SOHO NAS and the like.
by Doug Crowthers

WD My Net N900 Central Review

In June, Western Digital announced the release of its first line of consumer networking products, the My Net family and we got our hands on the Western Digital My Net N900 router for an early review. Now, Western Digital has provided us with their My Net N900 Central router with integrated storage for us to review.

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by Lyle Smith

Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994IPO-3SB Review (3-in-1 with Optical)

The ToughArmor MB994IPO-3SB is Icy Dock’s newest full metal dual bay 2.5” SAS/SATA hard drive/SSD mobile rack cage built with a Slim Optical Disk Drive (ODD) slot for use in a single 5.25” device bay, specifically designed for a small form factor system or server such as IPC, HTPC, NAS, Home Servers and All-In-One computers. The MB994IPO-3SB is a really effective and unique device as it is equipped with not only two integral 2.5” drive bay caddies, but also a slim optical drive caddy so that two 2.5″ SAS drives or SSDs can fit in the same space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Icy Dock ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB 6-in-1 Adaptor Review

Icy Dock's ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB 6 x 2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Rack is a 6-in-1 adaptor that slots up to 6 9.5mm drives into a single 5.25" desktop computer bay. Creative professionals and high-performance enthusiasts are often looking for the best performance available in local dense storage arrays, with SSDs being a popular option for their superior read/write performance. Most desktop workstation cases however, weren't designed for 2.5" drives, nor were are they generally built with such density goals in mind and the need for multiple 5.25" bays is fading. The new Icy Dock 6-in-1 then is a creative way to give users an option to increase the number of small form factor drives in their systems with an easy to use rack and tray system.

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by Doug Crowthers

Icy Dock Blizzard 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review

The Icy Dock MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard is an easy to use tool-less 3.5" external enclosure that is designed for professional media, IT users and computer enthusiast, who require max cooling performance for their external devices. The enclosure supports an 80mm fan that offers three settings of Low, High and Auto, to go along with a direct air flow design, which allows for excellent cooling for your external drive. For added user awareness, the drive provides a LED notification, where the LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C.

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by Josh Linden

Icy Dock MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim USB 3 & eSATA HDD Enclosure Review

Icy Dock’s new MB559U3S-1S portable USB 3.0 and eSATA enclosure is as much about how you use storage when you’re not on the go as is about providing a safe, thermally efficient housing for drives operating in the field. The MB559U3S-1S is a sound choice for a hard drive or SSD enclosure, but it’s true benefits come from a drive tray that is interoperable with a variety of other Icy Dock enclosures and RAID cages.

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by Josh Linden

Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 4 in 1 SATA Backplane Review

The MB994SP-4SB-1 is Icy Dock’s latest quad-bay 5.25” bay RAID cage, successor to the MB994SP-4S we reviewed. The backplane hosts up to four 2.5" 6Gbps SATA drives and provides SATA connectivity. The MB994SP-4SB-1 represents an evolution of previous Icy Dock designs, adding a fan power switch to provide more cooling flexibility in environments that use both hard drives and SSDs as well as dropping the power input to a single connection.

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by Josh Linden

WiebeTech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Review

WiebeTech’s ToughTech Secure mini-Q offers 128bit or 256bit encryption in a portable 2.5” SATA enclosure that uses key fobs to grant access to encrypted volumes, avoiding common social hacks that can compromise passphrase-based encryption. The mini-Q provides whole disk encryption to protects the entire drive, including boot sector, file allocation tables, and swap files.

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by Josh Linden

Western Digital My Net N900 Review

Western Digital has just announced its first line of consumer networking products, the My Net family. WD provided us with a My Net N900 wireless router, effectively the top-of-the-line until the arrival of the My Net N900 Central with integrated storage next quarter. Our first impression is that the My Net series adds a few distinctive WD touches to the typical home router concept, so it will be interesting to see how a storage company with an established consumer brand will continue to make room for itself in the consumer networking market.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series Review

The migration from eSATA to Thunderbolt means that manufacturers have an opportunity to provide transitional devices offering the higher performance of Thunderbolt while protecting their customers’ investments in eSATA-connected storage. StorageReview first saw LaCie’s eSATA Hub demonstrated in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now that it is widely available, we’ve had a chance to work with the hub ourselves to see how practical it will be for users who need to maintain eSATA connectivity during the switchover to Thunderbolt.

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by Mike Kowalski

Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy Review (MB971SP-B)

Announced earlier this month, the Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy gives buyers an easy solution to connect any size of hard drive or SSD into their desktop computer. Offering twin hot-swap bays, the DuoSwap Caddy supports both 3.5-inch hard drives, as well as 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs that are 9.5mm tall. In this review we go through the features and see how well this caddy holds up in the StorageReview lab.

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