USB 3 external hard drives have become an increasingly common sight in recent months, however Iomega’s new drive stands out as it’s the first we’ve seen to use SSD technology inside, instead of a good, old fashioned mechanical disk.
Physically it’s very slick, coated in cool to the touch black aluminium and barely there branding. And with diminutive measurements of 27.2 x43.5x3.7 (WxDxH) and a low weight of just 112g, it’s comparatively portable too.
Like all other USB 3.0 drives it’s backwards compatible and comes with a double headed connection wire for both USB 3 and 2 connection, so we’d expect to see fast transfer speeds when connected via USB 3. It’s also crucially non-mechanical mass storage device we’ve seen.
Similarly like with most other portables we’d expect to see faster read speeds than write speeds, and the Iomega SSD flash does little to buck the trend. In our large file read test it fared well with an exceptional score of 115 MB/sec which not only eclipsed the scores of other portables but surprisingly left it snapping at the heels of our A listed desktop drives. Read test results were excellent again in our small file tests, an average of 65 MB/sec comfortably surpassed A-Listed portable, the Iomega eGo.
Writing speeds were expectedly average, with the SSD Flash registering a large file writing speed of 69 MB/sec. In our more complex small file writing test things were run of the mill with a score of 40MB/sec.
The model we tested has 64GBs of storage, and it's bound to be more expensive than any of the other portable external hard drives we’ve seen. We'll bring you information on Australian pricing and availability when it is annnounced.
It’s fast at reading files, but writing speeds are par for the course, and unless robustness is a key priority, its far too expensive for what’s on offer with just 64GB’s of memory. Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable offers a massive terabyte of storage, and USB 3.0 connectivity and will likely be much better value for money.