ICY DOCK EXPRESSCAGE MB324SP-B REVIEW
AN EASY 4-BAY HOT SWAP SAS/ SATA
Hot swap bays are awesome. They allow one to quickly swap drives in the event of a failure and can decrease the need for extensive cabling. The Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B we are reviewing today is an evolution in the company’s designs and a great piece of innovation. Simply put, this is one of the easiest hot swap bays we have ever used, even after reviewing them for almost six years now. The tool-less ExpressCage design was very simple to use...Read more
Why did it take so long for someone to adopt ExpressCage or a similar technology? That may be a question well outside the scope of this article. The impression this setup has made on a reviewer who has looked at dozens of hot swap bay solutions over the past few years is nothing short of amazing. While I was reserved reading about the feature, getting to try it for myself left me thoroughly impressed. Especially with SSDs where there is less vibration this setup makes a lot of sense. If only Icy Dock made an ExpressCage version for all of these 2.5″ PCIe/ NVMe drives I have sitting around that would be awesome! The one downside is that the ExpressCage trays are plastic which provides the flex required to install drives. Although we generally prefer metal trays, the plastic seems sturdy enough and allowing the quick installation is great. For about $50 this is a great workstation/ SMB server option.