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RaidSonic IcyBox IB-NAS5220-B review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £105
inc VAT

A low price for a two-disk enclosure, but unless you must have RAID on a budget, its disappointing extra features and performance mean there are better buys.


2 disk bays, N/A storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

£105 is a remarkably low price for a two-bay, RAID-capable NAS enclosure – that’s around the same price as most one-bay enclosures. The attractive metal case nevertheless feels well made. It’s also surprisingly compact and isn’t much bigger than most of its one-disk competition.

RaidSonic IcyBox IB-NAS5220-B

Fitting a disk isn’t as simple as it is on other NAS enclosures we’ve seen, but it’s not too tricky. It involves removing the front panel and sliding the disk into the empty bay until it clicks into place – the bottom disk has to go in first since the other disk sits directly on top of it. The side panels must then be removed, revealing the holes to securely screw the disks into place.

RaidSonic IcyBox IB-NAS5220-B front off

The web-based admin interface looks old fashioned compared to more sophisticated examples from rival NAS enclosures, but it’s logically organised and works well enough. A welcome screen lets you quickly create user accounts, set users’ quotas so they don’t gobble up all the available storage, assign them to different groups and set up a shared folder.

There’s still room for improvement, though. The controls for assigning users to a group are in a different part of the interface from account creation, for example. There aren’t any options to schedule the IcyBox so that it automatically starts up and shuts down, cutting your electricity bill.

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Basic Specifications

Price £105
Rating ***


Capacity N/A
Formatted capacity N/A
Default file system ext3
Price per gigabyte N/A
Interface SATA II
3.5in drive bays 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 2


Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 0/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none


Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server yes
USB disk server yes
Web server no
FTP server yes
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP, HTTP, NFS, SSH


Size 100x116x179mm
Weight 1.8kg
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features BitTorrent manager
Power consumption idle 26W
Power consumption active 30W

Buying Information

Price £105
Warranty one year RTB

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