|ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA 3.5" Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Thompson "Chip" Terrell IV - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 08 October 2007|
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ICY BOX: Closer Look
Lets take a closer look at the Icy Box HD enclosure and what comes with it. After that we'll install a hard drive and see how useful the product is and if it operates properly. We'll also check out how easy it is assemble and utilize.
The packaging of the ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B was more than adequate and certainly provided ample protection for the components and parts inside. The packing carton, like most things made in Germany, was well made and gave an overall good impression and a quality presentation of RaidSonics product. Though the box was undamaged, there was an obvious rub in the middle of the top of the enclosure, just above the B in Box. I suspect the marring of the top aluminum plate occurred before packaging.
Lots of goodies! Let's see, SATA to eSATA L-bracket, USB cable, CD, power brick and adapter plug, external eSATA cable, baggie with 8 rubber foot pads and 4 screws to secure a HD to the enclosure, a manual, and last but not least a simple plastic stand for vertical mounting of the enclosure.
Here is the ICY BOX unit with the top aluminum plate removed and the 4 corner thumb screws lying about. The design of the unit is very practical and actually quite simple. The four holes visible in the bottom plate are for the screws that secure an installed hard drive to the enclosure, allowing vertical positioning.
In this view, we can see the IO panel at the back of the Icy Box. On the left is the on/off switch, next to that is the input connector for the power supply, then the port for the USB 2.0, and the port for the eSATA connector on the far right...all very straight forward and with no surprises.