Monday, March 12, 2007

MB561S-4S vs MB561U-4S

ICY DOCK would like to present two different type of the MB561. This is the perfect mass storage solution for the professional Photographer, Video Editor, Graphic Designer and Mass Media Manager. When secure data is a necessity our enclosure combined with a RAID card (of your choice) will keep all those video, photos, and graphics safe. It holds 4 HDD and is hot swap capable.

For the MB561U-4S (USB 2.0) with built-in enhanced JBOD function allows users to combine 2 or more HDD’s and have them recognized as one volume. This configuration gives the user the freedom to increase their storage capacity as needed.

The MB561S-4S is available now while the MB561U-4S will be available in summer 2007.

MB561S-4S highlights:
* Works with any Mac or Windows system
* Four eSATA cables are included
* 2x2 eSATA bracket included
* White LED light
* Removable cooling fan for easy maintenance
* Aluminum body design
* Mac design concept
* Hot swap tray design
* Interchangeable tray with MB559 series
* Smart fan (changes speed with the temperature)

MB561U-4S highlights:
* Works with any Mac or Windows system
* White LED light
* Removable cooling fan for easy maintenance
* Aluminum body design
* Mac design concept
* Hot swap tray design
* Interchangeable tray with MB559 series
* Smart fan (changes speed with the temperature)
* Enhanced JBOD function giving user ability to select any HDD combination

Enhanced JBOD


At March 22, 2007 2:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I really like your product. That would be great to eliminate the 40mm fan noise. I have several silent MB559 but I cannot buy MB561 simply because of the noise.

At March 22, 2007 10:18 AM, Blogger ICYDOCK said...

Hey, Thank you for choosing ICY DOCK products,
We already set the 40mm fan speed to the RPM that produced the best cooling at the lowest noise, The fan ran fine down to about half its original speed and got much less loud with the lower RPMs.
We slow down the fan enought to take the edge off of the noise and keep the performance to acceptable levels.

At May 10, 2007 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be nice if you could find a way to use a 120mm fan.

Also the idea is cool but not having the option for RAID 0, 1 and 5 really limits this I'm afraid.

At July 4, 2007 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the USB version be out ?

Any plans for a FireWire Version?

At July 15, 2007 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do a 1394b model. High-end iMacs need good storage options like this.

At July 25, 2007 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see a firewire 800 option on the 4 bay.

At July 26, 2007 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any plans for a version with a eSATA port multiplier so that I only have to run one cable to my mobo and also use this device as a RAID array. Many mobos have portmultiplier aware SATA controllers these days so it makes sense to me

At July 31, 2007 8:24 PM, Anonymous Waiting for MB561S-4S said...

Any update on the MB561U-4S release date? It is now Summer 2007.

USB and the Enhanced JBOD are important options the MB561S-4S sorely lacks.

At September 7, 2007 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still waiting ....

At October 1, 2007 3:43 PM, Blogger Charles said...

I strongly agree with the comment about an eSATA port multiplier version. I am a big fan of your enclosures but don't want to have all of those cables coming out of my PC.

At October 25, 2007 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was almost going to buy this, but I am holding out for a future improved version.

1) With a larger fan to decrease noise yet still keep the drives very cool. Better yet a design that allows us to attach our own 120mm fan of our choice.

2) Toolless design. Being able to just swap out one drive for another without having to mess with any screws would be awesome.

At November 12, 2007 6:00 PM, Blogger Andrew Hoeveler said...

I have an MB561S-4S running off a Sonnet Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 card in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but the drives won't show up. Do I need to put a drive in each bay? I see DIP switch settings here, but nothing is mentioned in the manual about it.

What's up? Is it Leopard compatible?

At November 19, 2007 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this box had an eSata Port Multiplier I would seriously get three more! But since it doesn't I'm stuck with just the four drives :(

Also the inclusion of FW800 with esata would be awesome; USB is ok but not great. With FW800 at least we have the best speed and if we needed we can always get a 800 to 400 cable adapter.

Lastly, the internal fan (and I'm not talking about the big fan) is SO loud I really don't use it much :( Is there a way to tune it down/disable it/ or something?

At December 22, 2007 11:21 PM, Blogger Charles said...

I also strongly agree that an eSATA port multiplier version would be highly desirable. I own 2 MB559US-1S enclosures and would love to buy a MB561 version that supplied a port multiplier.

At December 23, 2007 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very interested in the USB version of this product. Any word on date of availability? I am also very interested in a model with a built-in port multiplier, anything in the works?

At January 31, 2008 4:23 AM, Anonymous Bosse said...

Grte product but the small fan for the powersupply is verry noisy it sounds like it is running on full speed at all time with four disks.

At March 21, 2008 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this would be just what i was looking for but.....

have to agree on the fan noise - read around on the web and the fan is always listed as noisy. thats not going to fit with a quiet mac pro setup - often used for audio recording for example.

port multiplier seems good as well - although to be honest not sure if that's available on my mac pro


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