Icy Dock MB668U3-1SB Screw-less 2.5″ SATA HDD USB 3.0 Portable Enclosure Review


Components that can utilize the USB 3.0 interface are coming out in swarms. Remember, that this is still relatively new technology. It’s only been out in the public for about 8 months now. However you no longer have to upgrade the entire system in order to take advantage of the USB 3.0 speeds. There are plenty of PCI-E expansion cards available at reasonable prices that can open up older systems to this superb technology. The biggest components being pushed with the USB 3.0 technology has been hard drive docks and enclosures.

The Icy Dock Screw-less 2.5″ SATA HDD USB 3.0 Portable Enclosure is away from the standard look of the average USB 3.0 enclosure. There are smooth lines and a luxury look. Icy Dock took their popular eSATA and USB 2.0 model screw-less 2.5″ enclosures and gave them a USB 3.0 makeover. The aluminium body and vents allow for good heat dissipation and the USB 3.0 interface allows for maximum speed.

Provided By: Icy Dock

Price: $39.99

Closer Look:

The Icy Dock Screw-less 2.5″ SATA HDD portable enclosure comes cardboard box. The front side of the box has a window that reveals half of the enclosure. There is a mirrored drawing of the enclosure on the other half of the front. The rear of the box shows off the enclosures features and specifications. The box opens from the side by lifting tabs from their slots and unfolding the front half upwards. Inside of the box the Icy Dock enclosure is secured with an orange cardboard insert. Underneath the insert is where the accessories are kept.


Included with Icy Dock is all of the necessary accessories in order to operate the USB 3.0 SATA enclosure. First is the blue USB 3.0 cable, USB-to-DC power cable this cable has the type A connection to connect to any USB port and a DC connection on the opposite end. Third is the leather carrying pouch and lastly the users guide.


This enclosure is a solid black color. There are 2 parts to this enclosure, the top interface portion and the bottom aluminum casing. The top half is made of hard plastic and has the Icy Dock logo on the front. The backside of the Icy Dock enclosure has the micro USB 3.0 port as well as a DC5V input for extra power if necessary.


Installation of the HDD into the Icy Dock SATA enclosure is fairly simple. The top portion detaches from a latch on the backside that slides at an upward angle. The two pieces disconnect and pull apart. The HDD is inserted into the SATA connector on the top half then just slide everything back into the aluminum casing making sure the side and back clips pop into place.

Features & Specifications:
Fits any standard 2.5″ SATA HDD or SSDSuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection for 5 Gb/s transfer ratesMaximum transfer rate up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0Backwards compatible USB 2.0 or 1.1 for universal connectivity on Mac and PCPlug & Play without rebooting the computerUser friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and playStylish aluminum construction provides protection, mobility, and optimal coolingBuilt-in blue LED. Less bright, less visible, less annoyingLeather pouch included to keep your drive clean and scratch-freeIncluded “DC to USB A Type” power cable for high performance HDD usage
Model Number :MB668U3-1SB
Drive Fit :1 x 2.5″ SATA I & II HDD / SSD (9.5mm thickness)
Drive Interface :SATA
Hard Drive Capacity :Up to 750GB
Host Interface :USB 3.0 Backward Compatible with USB 2.0
Transfer Rate :USB 2.0 up to 480 MB/Sec.
USB 3.0 up to 5 GB/Sec.
LED Indicator :Device Power: Orange LED
Drive Activity: Blue LED
Structure :Aluminum body w/ partial plastic
Drive Cooling :Aluminum heat dispersion
Power Source :USB Bus Power
5V DC (Optional)
USB 2.0 Connection
Support Platform :Mac & PC
Dimension (W x H x D) :76.3 x 13 x 150 mm


The Icy Dock Screw-less 2.5″ SATA HDD USB 3.0 Portable Enclosure has a nice simple design, this enclosure can be presented out in the open, or tucked away. If you’re looking for subtle style as well as extreme portability and are in the market for a 2.5″ HDD enclosure then the Icy Dock Screw-less 2.5″ SATA HDD USB 3.0 Portable Enclosure is an excellent choice.