Certainly, we found that dropping the drive had no effect on its operation, but we were a little unsure about the durability of the silicon case, which simply slides over the drive like a mitten and isn’t glued down. If you make a habit of throwing the ToughDrive Pro in a bag, we fear it could loosen around the lip, and attract dust and crumbs.
One of the ToughDrive’s nicest features is a built-in USB lead that goes straight into the host computer – a convenience matched only by the LaCie. We like not having to worry about cables, but it’s a very short lead, extending only 6cm between drive and PC. For use with a desktop PC, you’ll want to use the included USB extension cable, or the drive is likely to be left hanging in the air. Still, it’s a good idea that really strengthens the Freecom’s portable credentials.
The Freecom isn’t a fast drive, nor is it particularly sophisticated – there isn’t even an activity light. But if you want to carry a lot of data around and durability is more important to you than pure price per gigabyte, it’s just about worth the price premium.
Rugged build that can withstand a drop, but a little expensive.