Iomega eGo 160GB (silver)
- Small, stylish, easy to use
- USB not e-SATA, requires two ports where the port is not powered
A simple device with great utility. If you've got an ever growing media library, you need regular backups, or quite simply need to move large data files from place to place, then you can't go wrong with a portable hard drive solution like this one.
Price$ 209.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
External or portable hard drive solutions are hardly worth a second glance, and certainly don't entice high levels of excitement. However, what you can achieve with them can definitely bring a smile to your face.
The Iomega eGo 160GB (5400rpm) portable hard drive is a ready-to-go portable hard drive solution that's even got a touch of style, so you don't look the complete nerd. The silver (at least with our review model) looks professional and sleek. The rounded edges may be a simple touch, but somehow look far more classy than the boring old rectangle design.
In our digital age, where music, movies, photos and documents are all measured in 1s and 0s, the ability to transport large amounts of data from A to B is a highly underestimated task. The Iomega eGo is small enough to slip into your pocket and is powered entirely by USB, so there's no need to lug a hefty power supply around. The USB cable has twin USB heads, and requires two USB ports if the port is not powered.
Beyond the USB cable there is nothing needed to get this device up and running. There's no software, no drivers and no installation that are required. Simply plug it in and start copying. Included with the device is a licence to the EMC Retrospect HD backup software, though you'll need to download it. This software allows you to schedule backups of pre-defined folders, and is great for securing important data.
Copying 4.12GB of data from the device to a PC took 175sec or around 23MBps. Copying data back from the PC to the device again took 259sec or about 16MBps (read speeds are typically faster than write speeds).
At 220g this device is quite easy to carry around. It feels sturdy and uses Iomega's DropGuard feature, a cushioning around the hard drive, which is designed to protect the device against sudden jarring. The drive is formatted using Fat32 by default, but we easily re-formatted to NTSC in order to handle larger files.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- AMD gets into SSDs with value Radeon R3 drives. But US only for now.
- How to recover data from a corrupt hard drive or SSD with no backup on Mac: How to delete corrupted files on external Mac drive
- Akitio's combines two speedy technologies in blazing external SSD
- Intel claims storage supremacy with swift 3D XPoint Optane drives, 1-petabyte 3D NAND
- Nvidia's DGX-1 supercomputer packs the horsepower of 250 servers
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTTechnical LeadNSW
- FTRelease Planning LeadVIC
- CCPositive Vetted ICT positions - Defence intelligence and information securityACT
- CCSenior IT Security Specialist-SANS, ISC2, ISACA, ITILNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystVIC
- CCChange Manager - SAP FinanceNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE) 160526/AP/506Asia
- CCIT Security Consultant -NSW
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- CCBig Data DeveloperWA
- CCJunior / Mid Level Java Developer - Developing Restful Microservice SolutionsVIC
- CCRelease Manager, InfrastructureNSW
- CCDigital Content ProducerVIC
- CCSecurity Consultant - Telecommunications and NetworksSA
- CCFront end and Full Stack DevelopersNSW
- CCSenior Program DirectorNSW
- FTCloud ArchitectAsia
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Prince2 & PMBoK shop | Huge project pipelineACT
- CCLead Business Analyst - multiple rolesVIC
- FTSenior Network Engineer - Australian Systems Integrator - Immediate interviewNSW
- CCDeemed Order Business SpecialistVIC
- CCSAP Project ManagersNSW
- CCChange Manager- Success Factors/HCMNSW
- FTPeopleSoft Finance Functional ConsultantNSW
- CCDelivery Manager - Integration SpaceVIC