ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B and MB993SK-B Review - Space Efficient Hot-Swappable SATA
Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging
ICY DOCK has made themselves into a sort of Swiss Army knife of dockable and hot-swappable storage solutions. From multi-bay desktop external devices to internal hot-swap enclosures, these guys have just about every conceivable way to convert storage form factors covered. We’ve looked at some of their other offerings in the past, but this week we will focus on a pair of their ToughArmor series products.
As you can no doubt see here, these two enclosures aim to cram as many 2.5” x 7mm form factor devices into the smallest space possible. They also offer hot swap capability and feature front panel power + activity LEDs. As the name would imply, these are built to be extremely durable, with ICY DOCK proudly running them over with a truck in some of their product photos.
Read on for our full review of the ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B and MB993SK-B!
Simple brown box packaging here. No need for much padding as the cages themselves are all-metal construction.
Both enclosures come with instruction manual and mounting screws (the trays are not tool-less). The 3-bay unit comes with a pair of keys for the front panel lock. The 8-bay unit does not feature a lock as there is simply no room left on the front panel for such an addition. More detail on what is included (and what isn't) on the next page.