ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB601VK-1B 3.5" U.2 External Drive Bay Review 1

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB601VK-1B 3.5" U.2 External Drive Bay Review

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A Closer Look

ToughArmor MB601VK-1B

The ToughArmor MB601VK-1B, just like most of ICY DOCK products, ships in a brown cardboard box with several images of the parts that make up the whole unit on the front, along with sales points and a specification table on the back. You will even receive two sets of screws for assembly and two basic security keys to lock this device during use.

As the MB601VK-1B is made out of steel, it clocks in at almost half a kilo right out of the box without a drive installed. The top is almost completely solid with just a little air vent, which is surprising as I could see the benefit of trapping less heat above the drive. On the underside, things look much better in that regard.

Looking at the front, you will find the lock on the left, with a metal tray that is flush with the case when pinned down. In the rear, there is just the U.2 interface connector on a green PCB and some metal tabs to keep any plug from bending too much.

The tray can be pulled out by flipping out the metal lever. That said, the whole tray is made out of metal with the front portion filled with a black block to allow for air to enter the front of the tray before moving into the rest of the enclosure as a whole. There is a plastic latch that flips down when the tray has been pulled from the chassis to protect the interior of the MB601VK-1B.
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