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Iomega has outed an updated series of 2.5-inch eGo USB 3.0 external hard drives. We tested the 1 TB model, but Iomega also sells a 500 GB version. Each drive is available in red, black or grey. The drive comes with a removable rubber surround to keep it safe from knocks, bumps and drops from a maximum height of 2.1 metres. It's a similar set-up to LaCie's Rugged hard drives, although the Iomega has a plastic casing while the Rugged series is finished in metal. This HDD has good data transfer speeds, although it's not the fastest model on the market. In both read and write modes, the Iomega eGo clocks up a maximum 89 MBps. The LaCie Rugged Mini, however, manages a write speed of 114 MBps and a read speed of 116 MBps. The Iomega eGo measures 12.3 x 1.7 x 8.6 cm, which makes 180.5 cm3 for a weight of 190 g. That's about average compared with the other external hard drives we've reviewed. It's compact and easy to carry around, but it's a bit too thick to slip into a trouser pocket.
For the time being, we're still waiting for USB 3.0 interfaces to become widely available in computers and laptops, but most external hard drive manufacturers now have at least one drive in their range that meets the new standard. Iomega is no exception, and today we're testing the firm's eGo 500 GB USB 3.0 drive, which is also available in 320 GB and 1 TB versions. The eGo has a rather traditional look with a top quality finish. A detachable rubber cover protects it from falls, and both its dimensions (9.1 x 2.4 x 12.9 cm) and weight (250 g) make it about average for an external hard drive. The 60 cm USB 3.0 cable is long enough but still easy to carry. Our tests using CrystalDiskMark didn't make the eGo 500 GB one of our star external hard drives. It uses a 2.5'' form factor, and can't compete with either larger 3.5'' devices or SSD drives. Even a portable drive like the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 500 GB is faster than the eGo. It still puts in a performance worthy of an internal SATA designed for ordinary internal storage like the Caviar Green or the Barracuda LP, for instance.
We review Iomega's eGo portable hard drive with USB 3.0 which boosts transfer speeds up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.USB 3.0 has arrived, and with it, a whole new batch of drives designed to let you push around those Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoints, and Blu-ray rips of Pulp Fiction, even faster. While most USB 3.0 drives still command a premium, Iomega will be one of the first to drop the USB 2.0 entirely and fold USB 3.0 into all of its drives – without increasing prices – later this fall. We put the new eGo through its paces to see whether the upgrade is worth the wait.Iomega hasn’t bothered to give the eGo a facelift to reflect its newfound speed, but that’s quite alright with us. The eGo USB 3.0 remains one of the slimmer drives on the market at just 0.625 inches thick, and its similar shape will allow you to use it with old eGo accessories, like the carrying case. At the moment, opting for USB 3.0 will limit you to only charcoal color, but that will change in October when USB 3.0 begins migrating over to even more drives and the prices drop to current USB 2.0 levels.
External hard-drives are only getting larger, and manufacturers are pushing for the adoption of faster interfaces that will allow users to shuffle their data around with less delay. On the SlashGear test bench today is the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, complete with 500GB capacity and a USB 3.0 port; the company also sent over their new Skin Hard Drive, which takes a USB 2.0 unit and dresses it up with a colorful finish. Check out the full review after the cut. If you've seen one portable hard-drive then you've pretty much seen them all; the eGo has the usual curved edges and chrome accents of Iomega's latest design language. The only connection is a USB 3.0 port - backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, of course, though at significantly lower speeds - and happily Iomega don't clutter up the drive with unnecessary apps. A copy of the user guide is saved to the eGo, but if you want Iomega's Protection Suite or the year's license for Trend Micro Internet Security then they're available for download. Build quality seems high and there's no flex in the casing. Iomega also say that software will automatically lock down the drive should you accidentally drop it.
|Iomega 500GB eGo Portable Hard Drive, SuperSpeed USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Ruby Red - 35312||$299.99||See it|
|Iomega 500GB eGo Portable Hard Drive, SuperSpeed USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Ruby Red - 35312||$500||See it|