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Icy Dock EZConvert Series Overview Review (Page 2)

By: Chris Ramseyer from May 10, 2014 @ 9:00 CDT



The MB982SP-1S is part of the EZConvert Pro line. It uses a metal case to secure a 2.5-inch SATA drive and convert it for use in a 3.5-inch environment. We found this model for as low as $24.99 online.


Since the EZConvert and EZConvert Pro products work with both SSDs and mechanical hard drives, good airflow is essential. We've shown an SSD controller reaching 80C before with our thermal imager, and we've all had a hot hard drive before.


The EZConvert products use the same mounting point locations as 3.5-inch form factor hard drives. There are three on each side and a total of four on the bottom.


The MB982SP-1S model uses the same SATA power and data connector location as a standard 3.5-inch hard drive. That makes this model great for adding 2.5-inch drives in older servers designed for 3.5-inch drives.


The top of the case has vents so that warm air can escape.


The top door slides open and a mechanical hinge slides an internal drive tray away from the internal SATA power and data connector. This allows you to simply 'drop in' the drive. When the cover closes, the internal drive tray slides the drive into place to plug the drive in. The top spring like foils apply pressure to the top of the drive, which secures everything in place.



Our second model is another EZConvert Pro model, also in silver painted metal. The MB982IP-1S-1 is different from the model above because it can use either SATA or SAS drives. SAS drives come in several different z-heights, and the MB982IP-1S-1 can use all of them from 7mm to 15mm. This model also supports the fastest SSDs and 15k RPM SAS products on the market. We found this model for as low as $28.55 online.


The SAS version of the EZConvert Pro is physically identical to the model above in every way except for the SAS connector on the back side.


Here we see the SAS connector that is formed from a single piece of plastic rather than having the data and power connectors separate. An additional 7 pins on the top side of the connector allow for dual-channel SAS operation. The clear button has LEDs on both EZConvert models, and it also releases the top door and mechanism.


Again, there are cooling louvers that allow heat to rise off from the drive.


The same mechanical action gently slides the drive in place; three of the four models we're testing today use the same feature. This model is unique in that it is SAS and metal.

PRICING: You can find the Icy Dock MB982SP-1S and MB982IP-1S-1 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

United States: The Icy Dock MB982SP-1S retails for $28.51 at Amazon.

Canada: The Icy Dock MB982SP-1S retails for CDN$36.05 at Amazon Canada.

United States: The Icy Dock MB982IP-1S-1 retails for $30.45 at Amazon.

Canada: The Icy Dock MB982IP-1S-1 retails for CDN$40.56 at Amazon Canada.

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