Earlier this year Iomega became the first PC storage company to announce that it would convert all its external USB hard drives to the new USB 3.0 standard. The Iomega eGo series of external hard drives has been known for colorful casings and a range of storage capacities, but now Iomega wants to take the lead in performance as well. We took a closer look at the newest 1TB eGo USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive ($159) to find out if having a 1TB portable drive is worth the hefty price.
Build and Design
In terms of the basic external shape and dimensions the new 1TB Iomega eGo Portable Hard drive is roughly the same length and width as the 500GB model we previously reviewed, but the enclosure is almost twice as thick in order to accommodate the physically larger hard disk drive. Other than the beefier exterior and a modest increase in weight, this eGo is virtually identical to last year's model.
Although the size and weight are a bit much for a portable hard drive, most consumers are probably willing to overlook that since you're getting 1TB of storage and USB 3.0 transfer speeds. Now that Iomega's entire line of USB hard drives is moving to USB 3.0 all the aluminum enclosures come in your choice of Ruby Red, Midnight Blue, Charcoal Gray, or Black. All of the various colors should keep their shine for several years thanks to the glossy automotive-quality paint job used by Iomega. In addition, the latest generation of eGo hard drives now include the Power Grip Band: a color-coordinated rubber band that provides extra protection in case you accidentally drop the hard drive.
Iomega included a "Y" cable for connecting the eGo Portable Hard Drive to older notebooks or budget netbooks that might require two USB 2.0 connections in order to power an external hard drive. That said, all of the notebooks and netbooks we used during the testing period were able to supply enough power via a single USB connection.
For those of our readers who aren't familiar with USB 3.0 devices, the new eGo USB 3.0 drives and cables are completely backward compatible, so you can still use this portable hard drive with an older USB 2.0 computer ... at USB 2.0 speed.
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