September 6th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
The Icy Dock 4-in-3 backplane gives users easy access to four hard drives in the space occupied by three 5.25" drive bays in a typical PC case. The unit is highlighted by tool-less/tray-less hard drive slots and dedicated SATA connections making it an ideal RAID backplane. Icy Dock has also thrown in a bunch of extras like individual drive power buttons, front mounted USB and eSATA ports and a three mode, user-replaceable fan.Read more
August 30th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
Icy Dock released a new hard drive docking station this summer that offers great flexibility; the MB981U3-1SA has a long list of supported drive types including 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives, but if that's not good enough for you, they also include legacy IDE support. The dock connects to a computer via USB 3.0 interface, which can power the unit when used with 2.5" drives.Read more
June 9th, 2011 by Thomas Sullivan
Icy Dock is perhaps the most prolific storage accessory company out there - case in point, in this review we look at a trio of 2.5" to 3.5" conversion kits. With street prices ranging from $15 to $30, the products are designed for almost any budget and interface need. On the high end is the aluminum SATA and SAS compatible MB982IP-1S. Icy Dock also sells a SATA-only metal version called the MB982SP-1S, although we don't cover it in this review. The mid-range MB882SP-1S-1B and entry-level MB882SP-1S-2B are SATA only and switch to black plastic to cut cost. They all simplify the issue of converting a 2.5" SSD or hard drive to the proper dimensions for mounting in a desktop or server.
April 11th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
Certain notebooks gain a reputation over the years, be it good or bad. The Lenovo ThinkPad-series has been one of those families that has grown for almost 20 years, while still retaining the namesake of being one of the best business notebooks money can buy. Today we look at the new Lenovo ThinkPad T520, which is a 15.6-inch mid-range business notebook that can be equipped with NVIDIA Optimus graphics and a wide range of unique storage options.Read more
March 13th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
The Patriot Convoy 425XL provides desktop users with the ability to add up to four 2.5” hard drives to their desktop using just one 5.25” device bay. The hook though is RAID, the Convoy supports RAID 0/1/3/5/10 Clone, Large, and JBOD via onboard JMicron controller.Read more
February 13th, 2011 by Ben Stafford
The Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard gives your ExpressCard 34/54-equipped notebook the ability to connect to eSATA or USB external storage devices. Additionally, when using an eSATA drive, the Addonics card can provide hardware-based AES 256-bit full-disk encryption. In this brief review we put this Addonics device through some quick tests to make sure it works as advertised.Read more
January 30th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
Not all storage drives are 3.5” – as a matter of fact, most Solid State Drives (SSDs) are 2.5”. Icy Dock created its 2.5” to 3.5” hard drive bracket for those looking to fit one or two 2.5” drives into a 3.5” desktop hard drive bay. We take a look.Read more
November 5th, 2010 by Brian Beeler
The MB973SP-B is Icy Dock's latest backplane unit that allows users to install three 3.5" hard drives inside a computer case's two 5.25" device bays. To make life easy on those who make frequent drive swaps, the backplane is tray-less and screw-less. There are plenty of other highlights as well, including individual drive power buttons, SATA 6Gb/s support, front ports for more functionality and a fan with three speed settings.