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Written by Thompson "Chip" Terrell IV - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 08 October 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA 3.5" Enclosure
Closer Look
Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Introduction

As with many of the products in the accessories category, such as external enclosures, ill designed and cheap are far more prevalent attributes than well designed and quality made! Here at Benchmark Reviews we've seen our share of accessory components that weren't up to snuff, so we decided to take a closer look at what appears to be an intelligently designed and quality offering from the German company RaidSonic Technology; the ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA external enclosure for 3.5" hard drives.

The Icy Box enclosure is a simple yet practical design made of durable aluminum with solid corner hand screws, and the sides are made of firm metal mesh because the unit is designed to be quietly fanless. Icy Box supports all 3.5" SATA hard drives and can interface with any desktop system via USB 2.0 or eSATA. The latter is rapidly becoming the standard in the computer industry for external component interface because of it's vastly superior speed. Here at Benchmark Review we question all new case designs that omit this interface feature because it represents the current top end design trend in the industry today.

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Icy Box is portable, hot swappable, and can be assembled and utilized in virtually minutes, as long as you have a spare SATA hard drive at your disposal!. It's powered by an external power source in the form of a typical AC adapter power brick. What is not so typical about the brick is how light and compact it is. The Icy Box comes with all the accessories you'll need to use it as soon as you can extract the sturdy enclosure from it's retail packaging. As you will see, the Icy Box is an attractively understated black design that is quite sleek, and were it not for the large white type on the side proclaiming it's name, would be almost business like in it's aesthetics.

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RaidSonic chose to present the elegantly designed ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B in a rather upbeat new age type box. The marketing of the Icy Box is certainly international as there are no less than 5 different languages represented on the packaging! Obviously from the box design the manufacturer wanted to communicate the stylish, and most of all, portable attributes of the Icy Box.

About the company: RaidSonic Technology GmbH

The German tech company RaidSonic was founded in 1999. In a dynamic growth process, the enterprise developed itself continuously in it's product range and in the number of employees. By May 2004, a permanent change of station was needed and new premises were adapted to meet rising requirements. After big success in Germany, a strong expansion into the European and US markets was in line. As a manufacturer, RaidSonic has direct influence on the product design, both in the quality and in the aesthetics of the design. By the consistent use of high-quality components and materials, their products take a firm position in the market segment elevated by RaidSonic.

Features & Specifications

Features:

  • Aluminum case
  • Noiseless
  • USB 2.0 up to 480Mbit/s
  • Plug&Play/Hot Swap
  • External data cables included
  • eSATA up to 3.0Gbit/s
  • Vertical/Horizontal display
  • External PSU AC: 100–240V
  • Portable
  • Compatible w/all 3.5 SATA HDDs

Specifications:

  • Solid aluminum and metal mesh housing
  • USB 2.0 and external SATA interfaces
  • 3.5" SATA HDD compatible
  • Windows and MAC compatible
  • External power adapter AC 240 volt
  • Power (green) / Activity (red) Indicators
  • 220cm x 128cm x 3.5cm / 8.66in x 5.04in x 1.46in



 

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