Icy Dock MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard & MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim External Hard Drive Enclosure Reviewajmatson - August 20, 2012
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MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim
Now that we had a good look at the Blizzard we can move on to the little brother, the MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim Enclosure or Ultra Slim as I will be calling it from now on. The Ultra Slim Enclosure is a more compact design in comparison to the Blizzard and offers a modular hot swap design for better productivity. On the front of the Ultra Slim box there is an image of the enclosure in the two available colors, which are black or pearl white. On the back of the box there are the features and specifications that the enclosure has to offer. If you flip around to the sides of the packaging the features are expanded to show off some of the more distinguished aspects including the spring loaded mounting feet, the passive cooling vents and the hot swappable modular hard drive sled. Included with the Ultra Slim enclosure is the manual, screws for mounting the drive into the sled, rubber feet for lying the drive on its side should you choose, the power cable, USB 3.0 cable, and the eSATA cable.
The Ultra Slim enclosure from Icy Dock comes in both black and pearl white colors. We received the black model, which looks very sleek in the design. On the front of the enclosure there is the locking arm and lever for the hard drive sled, which comes out to install and swap drives as needed. On the rear of the enclosure from left to right is the push button to release the retractable feet, a Kensington lock hole, the eSATA connection, the blue USB 3.0 port, the power port, and the on / off switch for the drive. On the top of the unit are the passive cooling ventilation holes. Since warm air rises this should allow the drive to remain cool without the buildup of warm air in the enclosure.
The standing feet are a bit unique on the Ultra Slim enclosure. To extend them just push the button on the bottom back of the enclosure and they flip out. They are designed to be discrete but effective. Surprisingly there is good balance to the unit with the feet extended. While not immune to being knocked over if bumped, the enclosure is quite stable for normal use and the occasional shimmy. To retract the feet just use your fingers to push each one back in. The main selling point of this enclosure is the removable drive tray. The tray is held in with a locking arm. To release just slide the button holding the arm down and pull the arm towards you, then the drive sled will slide out for removal. To install a hard drive use the included mounting screws to secure the drive to the sled, then slide it into the enclosure and close the locking arm into place. Now you are ready to use your new Icy Dock Ultra Slim enclosure.
Now that we have seen the ins and outs of both of the Icy Dock enclosures we are ready to begin the testing.