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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 1 May 2013
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This review is from: Icy Box IB-273StU3 External case for 2.5 inch SATA HDD to USB 3.0 Host (Personal Computers)
Functionally, this thing is excellent. Drive performance of a 750GB Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST975042 0AS drive is both impressive and consistent, happily returning just over 100MB/sec on both read and write when using the Black Magic disk speed test under OSX Mountain Lion. Just for information, the enclosure uses the InnoStor IS888 USB3-to-SATA bridge chip, meaning any other enclosure that uses the same chip should perform equally well. It negotiates a 5Gbit/sec USB3 link reliably every time and has never been observed to fall back to USB2 when attached to a USB3 host.

Practically, it seems well built and inserting the drive is a doddle. The screws that hold the endcap in place are tiny self-tappers, hence overtightening should be avoided. IcyBox should be commended for supplying an extra screw in the package as it is very easy to lose them if you're not being particularly vigilant. The main enclosure body is made from extruded aluminium with plastic end-caps and a plastic top. They all seem to be of reasonable quality, however the plastic top is easily scratched. Given the price, I'm not sure I care about this :-)

The LED on the top surface is actually comprised of two - one power, one activity - each illuminating half of the blue ring you can see in the product photograph. When being accessed, one half of the ring flashes. Incidentally, I believe they've missed a trick here as there's no visual indication as to if the drive is being used in USB2 or USB3 mode, but I'm just being picky here - most of the time you'll be able to tell quite easily!

The enclosure comes supplied with a very high quality USB3 A-to-micro-B cable. It's reasonably flexible and feels very well shielded - in other words it's head and shoulders over the majority of similarly priced enclosures that I've used. It's not particularly long at just over half a metre, but if you're using it with a laptop or a dekstop with a top-mounted USB port it should be fine. The cable is also flexible enough that the cable doesn't attempt to fling the enclosure off the desk every couple of minutes!

The connectors are substantial both on the cable and the enclosure itself and don't feel as if they're going to break any time soon. The micro-B on the enclosure end looks a little bit weedy, but no more so than the one on my kindle, android phone or anything else that uses the Micro-B format, and I haven't managed to break one yet,

The connector on the enclosure is designed to be backwards-compatible with USB2, meaning you can use it with any USB2 Micro-B cable you have knocking around. When in USB2 mode it works just as reliably, but obviously at nowhere near the speed.

Compatibility-wise, it works fine with my Macs in both USB2 and USB3 mode, under Linux and on Windows machines without any hassle and doesn't require any special drivers to be installed on any of them.

Overall, a highly recommended way of reusing that old hard drive that was evicted from your laptop when you upgraded it to an SSD!
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