I don't know about you, but I don't like changing computer cases. Once you buy a model you really like and spend decent money on it, you want to use that case for a long time. I have a number of cases that I really like, but they don't have the modern bells and whistles found on newer cases.
The consumer storage market has undergone a transformation over the last few years. The 2.5-inch standard has gained market share with SSDs and smaller form factor hard drives. 2.5-inch drives offer lower power consumption and, in both cases, higher performance. The SSD products led the charge, but the fastest rotational speed SATA mechanical drive, Western Digital's VelociRaptor, is also a 2.5-inch drive.
The four Icy Dock EZConvert products we have on the review block today all function in the same manner. A 2.5-inch drive goes in the EZConvert tool-less adapter, securing the drive and turning it into a 3.5-inch (standard desktop hard drive) form factor.
I use a few of these products nearly every day while testing SSDs. The SSD slides into an EZConvert adapter, which makes it a 3.5-inch form factor. Then, the EZConvert is placed in an Icy Dock 3.5-inch x 5 tool-less adapter that is mounted in a computer case. I never have to handle SATA power or data cables, and the connections are secure. If you swap drives often, the Icy Dock tool-less products not only save a lot of time, but they also provide a secure connection that doesn't reduce transfer performance.
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