I may be young, but I have owned some products from the 1940s and 1950s. One thing most people will agree on is products in the “good old days” were built to high quality standards. Most things lasted twenty plus years, especially appliances. Not only were they built well, but they were typically easy to repair. I happen to have a friend who has an old refrigerator in his garage, it is so well built that he painted flames on the front of it and, while it may not be the most energy efficient fridge, it works well and looks great.
In this case, there is something to be said about the principle of keeping things simple when you are designing a product. In the 40s and 50s, everything was not filled with circuit boards that are more likely to fail. The same principle can apply to certain computer products, where the design is kept simple. Sometimes, those simple designs that just work are the best solution. The Icy Dock Black Vortex MB074SP-B is definitely one of those products where the simple, yet beautiful design is one of the best options.
The Icy Dock Black Vortex MB074SP-B is appropriately named for its aesthetics. The front of the Black Vortex features an intertwined metal fan grill, fan filter, and a 120mm blue LED fan installed to cool the drives. This hard drive cage is targeted at the power user/enthusiast computer crowd but at a bargain price. With the MB074SP-B you have the ability to put four 3.5” hard drive into the space of three 5.25” external drive bays. What this offers is a higher density of storage in an attractive and sturdy package. The 120mm fan offers even more protection to the hard drives, keeping them cool for longevity. Additionally, the Black Vortex supports the Icy Dock EZCovert and EZ-Fit Series of drive converters.