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ICY DOCK MB559U3S-1SB Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Matt Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA Professional Ultra Slim External Hard Drive Enclosure

  • 3.5"
  • USB 3.0 & eSATA
  • Aluminum / Plastic

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External enclosures provide a great avenue for many professional & enterprise users in the media field looking for an easy way to store and backup data. The ability to have slim, removable and heat dissipation are all critical features to truly protect and store your data. With that said, Icy Dock is proud to introduce the MB559U3S-1SB, 3.5" SATA III USB 3.0 slim aluminum external hard drive enclosure.

The MB559U3S-1SB uses an ultra slim fan-less design, to give the best portability in any professional environment. To achieve this, the height of the enclosure reaches just a bit higher than the standard 3.5" hard drive height under 2 inches, making it easy to place anywhere from your suitcase to your office drawer. The fan-less design choice allows a quiet operation with the least amount of intrusion possible. This is the perfect minimalistic external storage for media editors available on the market.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 6/28/2015 7:22:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsicydock fan

Pros: Well-built
Nice design aesthetics
Excellent support from icydock

Cons: USB 3.0 can be finicky in general, depending on your motherboard

Other Thoughts: I owned this unit for several months. After not having used it for several weeks, I switched the drive I was using in the unit and started using it again. I then begin to have intermittent connectivity problems with the device, on 3 different computers. Not sure if it was the unit itself, or general USB 3.0 issues. I sent the unit back to Icy Dock. They tested the unit and found no issues on their test bench, but they replaced the PCB anyway and sent it back to me at no cost. Unit is now working fine for me again. Based on their support, I would happily buy an Icy Dock product again.

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  • SOREN S.
  • 1/26/2015 6:36:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: eSATA performance is perfect. Build is high quality.

Cons: None. Everything about the enclosure is well thought out.

Other Thoughts: I work as an IT consultant. I use external enclosures for backup and image purchases. I used to use a lot of Vantec's products, but I discovered that many of them have difficulty with eSATA locking up under load. Switching to this product has solved all these issues.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 12/3/2014 9:35:16 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOn high-pitched noise

Pros: - Very quiet (though see below)
- Stays fairly cool
- USB 3.0 and eSATA
- Sturdy and well made

Cons: - Some units produce a high-pitched noise which makes full-time use pretty much impossible

Other Thoughts: I've bought a few of these over the years (both this model and the USB 2.0 model). Most have been great, but one of the 4 units of this model which I've bought produces a high-pitched noise which is extremely obnoxious and pretty much prevents the unit from being kept on for any length of time. Seems like a quality-control issue.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 11/13/2013 5:30:51 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMajor oversight on acoustic properties.

Pros: Nice aesthetics, sturdy build, easy to put a hard drive in it. No fan noise since there's no fan (one of the major reasons I purchased it).

Cons: There's a loud really high pitch sound (probably not audible by those without really good hearing) that immediately is audible on powering the device on while a drive is in it. It gave me a headache very quickly.

The plus side of this problem; the sound seems to only be present when the drive isn't fully initialized by the OS (for example, once you "eject" the drive in Windows).

I'm guessing this won't be an issue for the majority of users, but if you have excellent hearing, this can be a major deal breaker. If you can't stand the sound of dog whistles or a loud CRT, this thing will be just as bad if not worse.

From my IT days, it makes me think there may be a bad transistor or some other problematic electronic component in the dock.

The hard drive used in the enclosure is a year old known good drive with no issues.

Other Thoughts: I'll give it another day or two to see if the sound goes away, otherwise I may have to RMA this device due to it either being defective or having a clear design flaw. This thing screams louder than any CRT I've owned by at least a magnitude of ten.

As others have noted, the included USB and e-SATA cables are rather short (probably 2 ft.)

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  • Allen S.
  • 6/30/2013 9:09:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPERFECT

Pros: Works just as advertised. No surprises! My last HD enclosure from a competitor was a little cheaper, but the LED quit right after the RMA period ended. You get what you pay for!

Cons: Zero

Other Thoughts: Very fast data transfer with eSATA.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/18/2013 12:01:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best enclosure w/o fan

Pros: Easy. Loading mechanism is simple. Installation takes 2 minutes.
Four screws into the HD through the bracket, slide it in, done.

Aluminum keeps HD plenty cool w/o fan - although some drives get a lot hotter than others, 10k RPM drives especially.

Cons: None. This is the best enclosure I've bought, with or without a fan.

Other Thoughts: E-sata can be tricky with some motherboards. Some need handholding.

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  • Hudson T.
  • 1/8/2013 8:42:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -nice looking

-feels high quality

-speced for 4tb drives

-usb 3.0 speeds

Cons: -the full aluminum construction is touted as a means to manage thermal stress but i can't say it does much. i've had my seagate barracuda fully open air in a dock and it idles the same temps. maybe it's impressive that an enclosure can keep that temp. temps hit 42C under several hundred gigabytes of transfer

-hd tray is a hassle dis/mount. you would be better served with a dock rather than an enclosure. would be much quicker

Other Thoughts: -in hindshight, i should have bought a dock. luckily my full sized tower has enough room for 10 drives. i'll be using that now that i've seen how much airflow helps drive temps.

-this is a good product if you intend to move a large capacity drive around. looks like it's very durable.

-i recommend deploying the legs and standing it up vertically. this will increase the surface area for better heat transfer. legs have this grippy rubber on them. it's very stable actually.

-you should really mount drives internally. moving my wd black and seagate barracuda to internal dropped idle temps by a full 10C. this would be huge over 5 years of ownership. don't recommend you keep a drive connected if you're not transferring files. it'll just sit there at 38C....idling. seriously.

-icydock has an fan equipped enclosure too. things i don't like about it:
1. lifespan of the fan questionable
2. fan looks proprietary and not replaceable
3. odd shape ruins the portability of an enclosure. if you're really concerned about temps, mount internally

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  • Gabriel N.
  • 11/23/2012 10:24:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect "to go" enclosure

Pros: Works fine with 3TB, even 4TB drives. Drives keep cool with the aluminum body and ventilation. Tray compatible with internal backplanes of the same brand, which makes it a breeze to go portable, take hard drive out of desktop, put it on this enclosure and thats it. Its the perfect combination if you have an icy dock backplane.

Cons: Should also have a vented front like the backplane's trays. Would add better passive heat dissipation. Extra trays (for swapping), are a bit expensive.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your motherboard, bios and operating system support hard drives above 3TB (not just bootable, but also secondary). Otherwise, refrain from posting reviews stating that it doesn't work if you are running 5 year old technology. Sorry, this product is not for those stuck in the past.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat device....

Pros: This is a great quality device from the maker of the best quality and most innovative internal and external drive enclosure/backplanes/adapters in the industry.

IOt si simple, and a no-brainer.

Cons: People like "N/A" should be barred at birth from being able to submit reviews or even opinions on things they apparently are not qualified to speak to.

He is apparently not familiar with the issues of hard drives over 2.0 TB, and the legacy limitations of much of our "olde" technology.

To make a comment about why manufacturers produce technology that is compatible with his STUFF, leads me to believe that he thinks we should still be using IBM Selectric Typewriters.

Time marches on buddy, and get with it.

Partition your drive into two Partitions of less then 2.0 TB's each and you will be good to go if you are using an antiquated BIOS or using anything less then Windows 7 - 64 BIT software.

Other Thoughts: N/A should have returned it to NEWEGG as not compatible and paid the few bucks for return shipping rather than post a dumb review on a good product.

Lastly, IcyDock has excellent support , and he could have contacted them for questions and answers like in Kindergarten.

No, I do not work for ICYDOCK. I am an ICYDOCK technology "user".

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  • Jack S.
  • 10/20/2012 10:13:44 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsDoes not work, like every other enclosure

Pros: 1. Sleek
2. Really thick connection cables
3. Nice Features
4. Solid feel to it

Cons: 1. Made in China
2. Does not support 3TB

Other Thoughts: I got this drive because my old enclosures are not compatible with 3TB fully so I figured I'd buy one of these an try it. I'm having trouble with these 3TB seagate drives, it's incredibly dumb that stores sell these drives when computers are mostly not compatible with them. My computer kinda works but hates these drives an will crash the MBR thus destroying them. I've been "down" for over 8 months now an can't get back up & running, thinking I should get multiple 2TB drives because that's the only thing that works. Yesterday I formatted a 3TB with a messed up MBR after a failed transfer (3 days wasted) an I had the full 2.7TB, I safely removed the drive an turned it off. Today I turned it on an all I get is "initialize disk" an only 746GB showing up. Either this drive enclosure is NOT compatible with 3TB or my computer's motherboard is not compatible or both. This is a epidemic problem an the computer tech guys all around are clueless!

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