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ICY DOCK EZ-Dock MB981U3-1S 2.5" & 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 Hard Drive & SSD Docking Station

  • USB 3.0, backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Easy access on/off button
  • 2 part anti-dust cover
  • Large eject button
  • Low profile power adapter
  • UASP Supported

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EZ-Dock MB981U3-1S 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station


Icy Dock is proud to introduce the new member of the EZ-Dock series - The EZ-Dock MB981U3-1S 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hard Drive Docking Station which boasts a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. The MB981U3-1S enhances the USB 3.0 performance by adding the UASP support and allows you to quickly swap any standard 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDD/SSD. It's a perfect tool for gamers, designers, IT professionals and even average users.

Performance Meets Flexibility

The MB981U3-1S USB 3.0 interface featuring UASP support, which delivers higher transfer speeds to supporting devices. It's also backward compatible with the USB 2.0 interface, allowing the device to be used with any system that has USB 2.0 interface. The MB981U3-1S covers the latest systems from hosts with USB 3.0 interface and UASP support, to older generation computers still using USB 2.0 interface. The MB981U3-1S uses tool-less plug & play design for both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard disk and solid state drives – simply plug in the HDD/SSD and hit the power button to get started. This is an excellent solution for using a drive without the hassle of installation and allows you quickly swap drives in just seconds.


Diligently Engineered to Exceed Expectations

2.5" drives can be used on the go being powered by the USB bus, while 3.5" drives utilize a small form factor wall power supply that can be easily stowed away in a laptop bag or briefcase. The two part anti-dust cover on the top is divided into 2 pieces, so that if a 2.5" drive is inserted, only the smaller portion of the cover opens up, leaving the electronics inside safe from dust and debris. Other useful elements include a power button on the dock that double as status LEDs, a easy to press, large drive eject button, and as always, a ICY DOCK three-year warranty.


Key Features

  • Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any type of SATA drive
  • Allows docking of 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD & SSD connected via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0
  • Two part anti-dust cover protects internals even when small 2.5" SATA drive is used
  • Easy access On/off button allows hard drive life expendability and energy conservation
  • Plug & Play USB 3.0 with backwards capabilities to USB 2.0 for quick connection for any computer system
  • Exposed working HDD stands in the air vertically for fast heat dissipation
  • USB 3.0 connectivity with up to 5Gbps transfer rates
  • Large eject button for hassle free drive removal
  • Low profile power adapter for 3.5" drives
  • USB bus power for 2.5" drives
  • Great for DIY users and IT Professionals
  • Designed for PC & Mac systems
  • Support UASP for even faster transfer speed
Model Number: MB981U3-1S
Color: Black
Drive Fit: 2.5" / 3.5" SATA 1.5, 3, or 6Gbps hard drive or SSD
Connection Interface: SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps via USB 3.0
Up to 480Mbps via USB 2.0
Structure: ABS
LED Indication: Device Power & Drive Activity
LED Display Color: Power: Amber; Drive Activity: Amber flashing
Power ON / Off: Power Button
(L x W x H):
5.9 x 3.1 x 3.6 inches (150 x 79.7 x 92mm)
Weight: 12.7oz (361g)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • William D.
  • 6/20/2015 9:58:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy Mistake

Pros: Good price, Does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a good unit but, I made a mistake when purchasing it as I should have purchased the one with eSata and USB 3.0. The worst part is I knew better!

USB 3.0 is not bootable, eSata is. It's not the end of the wold though because you can always set your bios to boot from USB 2.0 which this will do just fine but, eSata would have been preferable and it's only a few dollars more to have both options.

So if you are considering this, it's a good unit but, I'd spend the extra few bucks and get the one with USB 3.0 and eSata.

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  • Toshifumi K.
  • 5/2/2015 8:24:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: I got USB 3.0 speed and this DOC supports WD15EARX. Yeah!

Cons: None yet

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  • Edward W.
  • 4/14/2015 9:54:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks but...

Pros: There are some compatibility issues. The Icy Dock was not recognized by my Asus RT-AC68U router with out rebooting the router. On the other hand a ByteCC T-300D dock is reliably recognized by the router when unplugged and then plugged. The Icy Dock seems to work fine in Ubuntu 14.04 (natch), I did not performance test the dock as yet.

Cons: It's overall quite sturdily built but the clearances for 3.5" disks are bit tight so it is a bit fiddly to securely dock a 3.5" disk . Though on account of the tight clearances, once the disk is docked, it won't move as others docks can.

Other Thoughts: This is a better dock: BYTECC T-300D SATA III USB 3.0 Super Speed USB 3.0 to Dual SATA III Docking. My router recognizes it without rebooting.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 1/6/2015 11:23:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsICY DOCK GOT IT!

Pros: I had this unit for over half a year now and it is still working like a champ. I have been using this unit for a lot of data transferring between my old and new drives. It has been pretty reliable so far, no connections drop when transferring. The dust cover for 2.5 is well thought! Other company products does not have this and it will collect dust over time.

Cons: None yet

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  • Scott P.
  • 12/29/2014 2:04:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA....Could not connect

Pros: None that I can attest

Cons: Does not spin up, nor is it recognized. Tried multiple computers, different HDDs, different USB3 cable... no joy. Dead. Should have read others reviews....several negative there for same issue.
Now the joy of RMA begins.......

Other Thoughts: Been a computer tech since about 1983 (TRS-80) so please no manufacturer excuses about incorrect hookups......this item is defective.

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  • Savvy I.
  • 11/20/2014 2:23:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Shows SMART data

Cons: 2.5 drive a tight fit

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  • james m.
  • 11/16/2014 6:26:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks as described

Pros: USB 3.0 no issues on driver install and recognized no issue.

Cons: none i know of yet.

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  • AndreJacqui M.
  • 8/31/2014 6:00:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIcy Dock MB981U3-1S

Pros: It's an Icy Dock product.
Quality: good.
Functionality: excellent.
Worked as expected.

Cons: None.

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