In terms of design, we are impressed with every aspect of the Icy Dock MB559U3S. The construction quality is excellent and we like the thin, compact design. It certainly doesn’t take up much space on a desk and will look good next to speakers, monitors and other peripherals.
This item is available in either silver or black and both look great. The company have also incorporated the Kensington Security Slot into the enclosure, allowing the user to lock this device to a desk. This is a fantastic feature for a busy office environment, although we don’t know how many people at home will find it useful.
In terms of performance it is on par with many other enclosures available on the market today. Fast Solid State Drives will be limited by the enclosure, but it is primarily designed to be used with large mechanical drives, for offline storage.
The enclosure is well designed, helping reduce mechanical drive noise while offering limited cooling potential.
We were generally impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the Icy Dock. We were able to position the device just behind our monitor so it wasn’t taking up any usable desk space at all. It is also possible to buy several of these and stack them on their sides, but personally I’d look at buying a different enclosure if you were going to do that.
At a price of just over £56 from Amazon.co.uk this is certainly a well designed product and worth the money.
- Looks good.
- Well designed.
- Easy to install 3.5″ HDDs.
- Silent operation.
- Kensington Security Slot.
- Only caters for 3.5″ drives.
- Cheaper alternatives available.
- USB 3.0 performance limited.
Kitguru says: An attractively designed product at a good price.