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ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay External Enclosure Review

Final Thoughts
If you are looking for some serious external storage space then the MB561US-4S-1 is perfect for you.  It supports up to 4 SATA hard drives so you can imagine how much storage you can have.  Installing drives in the enclosure is very easy and only takes a few minutes and as I said the cradles are the same as many other ICY DOCK enclosures so you could move files from one system to another with ease if you wanted.

There are 2 things that really set the MB561US-4S-1 apart from other multi-bay external enclosures out there.  The first is its design.  The MB561US-4S-1 is one of the sexiest external enclosures that I’ve seen!  The aluminum design and Apple-like looks really make it attractive.  This is one enclosure you definitely want to have sitting on your desk!

The second thing is that the MB561US-4S-1 has an eSATA port multiplier built right into it.  Many multi-bay external enclosures with eSATA connections do not have a port multiplier in them.  That means that unless your motherboard supports the port multiplier function you can only access one of the hard drives.  So with a port multiplier you can have access to all 4 of your drives with a single eSATA cable.

Right now the MB561US-4S-1 sells for $269.99 at my favorite online retailer, which is a good price considering the addition of the built in eSATA port multiplier.  Overall ThinkComputers gives the ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay External Enclosure a 10 out of 10 score.

Pros:
– Sleek and stylish design
– Can fit up to 4 hard drives
– Easy installation
– eSATA port multiplier
– Great cooling

Cons:
– None that I found

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