The Iomega company has done a one up on the portable hard drive competition by releasing the eGo charcoal portable USB 3.0 500GB hard drive this month. I use a lot of portable hard drives, and when I heard about the new USB 3.0 superspeed drive I had to get my hands on it.
I do a lot of video editing and having fast transfer speeds on my hard drives is crucial, this eGo drive delivers on the fast speeds. You’ll need a computer with USB 3.0; if not you can always purchase a PCI adapter card to upgrade your old USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. The eGo drive is also backwards compatible so it’ll still work with USB 2.0 it just won’t utilize its full speed potential.
The eGo also features a claim that it has a trademarked DropGuard protection shell around the drive that will allow the drive to be dropped from 4 feet without breaking, enough to sustain a fall from any desktop. Obviously I have not tested this claim yet as I cherish my hard drives, but I would be interested in finding out if the claim holds up.
The portable eGo has transfer speeds of up to 3GB per second and if connected to the Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Adapter you can reach transfer speeds of up to 5GB per second! This is great news for anyone doing a lot of video editing with source material on portable drives or anyone who has a lot of music or photo files they need to load and scan through quickly.
The eGo portable USB 3.0 also looks cool and only weighs less than half a pound, and is 5.3″ long and 3.5″ wide and a bit under an inch deep. Iomega also offers a more robust sized eGo Desktop USB 3.0 hard drive that holds up to 2TB of information and costs around $125.
The eGo portable USB 3.0 hard drive is available now and costs around $120 for 500GB of storage and comes with a 3 year warranty if you register your product.
Either eGo USB 3.0 hard drives come with an include software bundle that contains some software tools some for your hard drive along with other programs from Iomega including an anti-virus program. Both drives run on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, not sure if they are compatible with Windows 7 64-bit, and include a USB 3.0/2.0 power cable and quick start guide.
Source: Iomega Corporation