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We have collected 2 reviews of the Iomega eGo Helium. Experts rate Iomega eGo Helium 6/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Iomega eGo Helium and Iomega External hard drives.
Iomega offers a full range of external hard drives designed exclusively for the World of Macs. The one we tested here is the Helium, which comes in either 500 GB or 1 TB. Of course, where there's Mac, there's necessarily HFS+. Since standard Windows doesn't recognise HFS+, if you want to use the Iomega Helium with the Microsoft OS, you'll need to use a dedicated software or reformat the disk (to FAT32 or NTFS). For comparison's sake, we've formatted our drive to NTFS in order to test it in the same conditions as the other hard drives we've reviewed. As finishing goes, what can we say? The aluminium casing is impeccable. The only real drawback is connectivity: the Helium only supports USB 2.0. While this is one of the best USB 2.0 external hard drives on the market, the transfer rates are far from what USB 3.0 or eSATA can offer. We measured a write speed of 35.8 MB/s and a read speed of 36.4 MB/s, which means it takes about 1 min 50 sec to transfer 4 GB of data. The Iomega is easy to carry due to its small size (120.7 x 77.2 x 15.5 mm, with a volume of 144 cm3).
Iomega's Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB) ($199.99 list) is the latest in a long line of external hard drives the company has designed for Mac users. Rather than simply formatting an external for use with Mac OS and shipping it to Apple Stores as it did with the eGo line, Iomega did all that only after designing a case that compliments the silver aluminum coloring of the latest Macs. The drive matches all currently shipping Macs, but it's really designed to compliment the MacBook Air, as that system primarily connects via USB 2.0, and that's the only interface you'll find on this drive. It's a decent-enough drive, but there are other alternatives if you're not married to the design. The Helium is a pocket-size drive that looks like an aluminum slab, and feels that way too - it's surprisingly hefty in the hand. It has an embossed Iomega logo on one side, but is otherwise almost featureless. There's a mini USB port and drive activity light on one edge and a sticker with the model and serial numbers on the bottom. The matte aluminum finish approximates the look on unibody MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops as well as the Mac mini and iMac desktops, so you know which crowd this drive is aimed at.