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 Josh Shaman

Icy Dock 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane Review (MB153SP-B)

The Icy Dock Hot-Swap 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane Module enables users to fit three 3.5" HDDs into two 5.25" device bays. This device is a good representation of what Icy Dock is known for - a considerable line of drive adapters and storage enclosure peripherals for users who want to make the most of their PC's space. Icy Dock focused particularly on gamers and media enthusiants when they designed the Hot-Swap 3.5" Backplane as it enables users to utilize Hot-Swap capabilities for convenience in performing maintenance and upgrades. 

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by Josh Shaman

Icy Dock Tray-Less 3 in 2 Backplane Review (MB973SP-2B)

The Icy Dock Tray-Less 3 in 2 BackPlane module allows users the ability to squeeze three 3.5" HDDs into just two 5.25" device bays. This enables users the flexibility to add more storage to their rigs than their cases would traditionally allow. The Tray-Less 3 in 2 is designed for anyone with extensive media capacity needs. Icy Dock is well-known for the build quality of their products and for producing updated accessories that meet consumer needs and demands, and this product offers a simple solution for users to simply install more storage.

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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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