Review Raidsonic Icy Box USB 3.0 ExpressCard /34

By Tobias Winkler 06/26/2010

USB 3.0: The Second!

Following Iomega's ExpressCard solution, we summoned up another, less expensive alternative from Raidsonic for testing. Bargain or bogus? Our review clarifies this.

In the scope of delivery: Driver CD, adapter cable and ExpressCard/34 with 2 USB 3.0s
In the scope of delivery: Driver CD, adapter cable and ExpressCard/34 with 2 USB 3.0s
Tested with an external 3.5" Buffalo HD-HX1 1TB USB 3.0
Tested with an external 3.5" Buffalo HD-HX1 1TB USB 3.0
Transfer rates in comparison
Transfer rates in comparison

The Raidsonic solution undercuts the already reviewed USB 3.0 ExpressCard from Iomega by a few euros and is already available at a street price of about 25 euro plus shipping. The Icy Box ExpressCard also has 2 USB 3.0 ports, which are however placed over one another, and an additional power socket via USB 2.0 connection. It can be used for external devices that need more than the available 900 mA voltage provided by USB 3.0.

There are barely any differences in regards to handling, installation and scope of delivery in comparison to the already tested Iomega ExpressCard. The adapter didn't provide an additional USB 2.0 port and the software is delivered on an increasingly vanishing mini CD. In order to use the USB 3.0 ports, the included NED driver (here version 1.00.017) also has to be installed.

The assessed transfer rates even reach a slightly better rate, with a maximum transfer rate of 108.9 MB/s in interaction with our external Buffalo 3.5" HD-HX1 1 TB USB 3.0 hard disk, than the Iomega. Nevertheless, the external Buffalo's tangible performance can't be exhausted, which we assessed with 144 MB/s. For comparison, we would again refer to our comprehensive HDD benchmark list.

 

Verdict

The price is right. The vertical interface position and the lack of a USB 2.0 connection to an additional USB power cable are minor differences that barely play a role in practical use. Ultimately, the good transfer rates, the easy handling and of course the relatively low price is what counts.

In Review: Raidsonic ExpressCard/34 Adapter
In Review: Raidsonic ExpressCard/34 Adapter
The Icy Box looks a bit bulkier than Iomega's solution…
The Icy Box looks a bit bulkier than Iomega's solution…
…but that doesn't have an impact on the performance data.
…but that doesn't have an impact on the performance data.
The measured 108 MB/s are very convincing.
The measured 108 MB/s are very convincing.
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Author: Tobias Winkler, 2010-07- 5 (Update: 2012-05-26)