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on 22 August 2013
Ever since Apple started making computers with aluminium cases, 'Aluminium' has become a word used to describe just about any computer related item that is incased in something light grey and apparently metallic regardless of what it is actually made of. The same is true of this Hard Drive protection case which is actually a metal framed case with grey plastic panels. Is this a problem? Probably not, and many would argue that a solid aluminium case would probably vastly inflate the price above and beyond what anyone would want to spend on a box to hold hard drives. Besides at thirty-ish pounds for a plastic box with foam in it, the price is already pretty inflated.
On the packaging, this is actually described as a HDD transport box and using all my cunning I deduced this was down to the presence of a plastic handle which makes it great for carrying around or 'transporting' but not so good for stacking up ontop of another similar box for storage. Not that you'd necessarily want to because the top of the case doesn't have much foam padding and the drives stick out a bit from their foam encasing. Combine that with thin plastic on the top which couldn't really deflect anything heavy and if you were unlucky enough for something sharp/heavy to hit the top of your box, you could be in trouble. This is unlikely, but considering this is a box for multiple (and presumably important enough to protect) HDDs, in other words, a slightly protected basket to put all your eggs in, you might be a bit disappointed the box isn't better. They COULD have actually used aluminium or at least thicker plastic. They COULD have used an extra layer of foam with cut outs for the disks so that all the disks are surrounded, not just the bottom 3/4. They DO give you a set of Anti-static bags to put your drives in (nice touch) so it wouldn't have been a huge job to a put a few tabs on these bags so you could easily pull your drives out of the extra padding. They COULD have even used a handle that folded away flush in an inset so you could actually stack the box or at least put something a little hardier on top of it.
But I'm quibbling here. The box is okay. It has nice, satisfying clasps to close the box securely and make you feel like you're transporting something rather more exotic and interesting than a bunch of hard drives. It's better than other Icy Box products I've bought (though follows the same pattern of costing rather more than it really should).
Go for it if you need it.