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Date: December 8th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Icy Dock
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS



Product Features:

  • MB664UEA-1S - Plug & Play USB 2.0 + FireWire 400 combo with OXFORD OXUF924DSA chipset.

  • User friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and play.

  • Fan-less operation with aluminum body cooling & protection.

  • Horizontal / Vertical Positioning options with extendable foot stands.

  • Multi-drive exchangeability, hot-swap capability & maintenance capabilities.

  • Built in security slot for security cable kit.

 

Models & Specifications

  • Item Number: Pearl White MB664UEA-1S

  • Item Number: Matte Black MB664UEA-1SB

  • Host Interface USB2.0 + FireWire 400 combo

  • Drive Fit - 1 x 3.5 SATA I / II

  • Drive Type - Standalone with horizontal or vertical positioning

  • Transfer Rate - up to 480 Mb/sec. via USB2.0 ; up to 400 Mb/sec. via FireWire 400

  • Insert & Extract connection Via 15 pin direct hard drive connection

  • Structure - Aluminum body w/ partial plastic

  • Drive Cooling - Aluminum heat dispersion w/ top heat release

  • Indication - Device Power & Drive Activity

  • LED Display Color - Mini White

  • OS Requirement - Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP/VISTA ; Mac OS 9.0 or higher

  • Dimension (L x W x H) 134 x 32 x 190 mm

 
Icy Dock did not include a fan on this model and instead went with aluminum construction and ventilation holes to provide cooling. All previous enclosures I've reviewed have had at least one small fan built in, so I am curious to see how well passive cooling works on this enclosure.

 

PRODUCT COMPOSITION



The unconventional clear packaging gives the buyer a preview of what's inside and lists out the features and specs. All in all it's an attractive bundle that sells for roughly $65 US.



Icy Dock provides everything needed to get up and running right out of the box. This includes a USB 2.0 cable, FireWire cable, power adapter, and instruction manual. The only thing the user has to provide is a SATA hard drive. No drivers or software needed!

 

PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



First impressions of the enclosure are good; the aluminum is thick and sturdy and the overall look is quite elegant. The only parts that aren't made of aluminum are the ends which are constructed of plastic. The only graphics to note are Icy Dock logos gracing both sides.



The front sports an eject button at the top that releases the tray lever (more on this in a bit). Underneath the button are three ventilation holes. Below those is a tiny LED indicator for power and activity. Many other products have blue indicators these days, but this LED is a nice white. It blinks during drive activity and remains steady on when idle.



Several ventilation holes line the top of the unit. Warm air rises, so it makes sense to put the holes here.

 

 


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