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Although Iomega's Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition costs a little more than most 500GB drives, you're getting a lot for your money. With brushed aluminium sides and black plastic base and top, it looks great next to your iMac or Apple Display. The hard drive itself is a speedy 7200rpm model, which tops the the more common 5400rpm HDDs used in most portable drives, and it boasts both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. A FW400- to-800 cable is included, along with a standard FW800 lead, and the USB cable has two Type A plugs for when extra power is needed. Like most recent Iomega drives, it comes supplied with a downloadable suite of applications. You get a 12-month free subscription to Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac, MozyHome Online Backup (2GB free) and Iomega's own QuikProtect backup software. You also get a Drop Guard case, which protects the drive against falls of up to seven feet, and if you download the Iomega encryption application, you can protect your data with AES 256-bit security. The 7200rpm drive proved its worth in our benchmarking tests, where it achieved random read/write speeds of 11.175/16.519MB/s under FireWire 800, and 11.326/12.491MB/s with USB.
The Desktop Mac Edition of Iomega's eGo can be laid flat or used in a vertical position, using the supplied stand. Its casing is plastic, but clearly styled to match the brushed aluminium finish of the iMac or the Mac Pro. A grilled front makes it an especially good match for Apple's high-end desktop. As you'd expect, its 1TB drive is preformatted for use with Mac OS. Connectivity is through FireWire or USB. There are two FireWire ports so you can daisy-chain another FW device, and although both are FW800 ports, there's a FW800-to-400 cable in the box. You can also connect through USB 2.0, but unlike the Iomega MiniMax, the eGo Desktop doesn't give you an integrated USB hub. The power button is set into the casing, and must be prodded pretty hard to switch on and off. This could be problematic if the drive is located somewhere awkward to reach. In tests, the eGo recorded random read/write speeds of 12.0/15.5MB/s under USB, and 17.4/23.5MB/s via FireWire. So there's little to choose between it and the MiniMax, but overall, we prefer the latter.
For Mac owners, deciding between USB and FireWire interfaces can be an agonizing decision. While USB has the advantage of near-universal compatibility, the rarer FireWire 800 standard offers better speed, and to make matters worse, FireWire 400 is slower but more common, making it a midpoint between the two. Any choice is a tradeoff. Unless you can get all of them. Iomega’s triple-interface eGo Mac Edition drives come with USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports for compatibility with any computer you happen upon, plus a sleek design, DropGuard for surviving those inevitable falls to the floor, and bundled backup software. Iomega hasn’t radically changed the Mac version of the eGo drive at all from its PC equivalent, but the design still fits in nicely with the existing Apple aesthetic. That means clean, beveled surfaces, slender silver accents, and of course, a white plastic version available. (You can also pick up Ruby Red and Midnight Blue to stand out a bit.) At 0.625 inches thick, this is one slender drive, but not quite as slim as SeaGate’s 0.49-inch FreeAgent Go or Western Digital’s 0.59-inch My Passport for Mac.
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