Iomega’s eGo portable drives have a slickness to their design, but the desktop model looks boxy. Still, it comes with a stand, so you can lay it flat or stand it up; and like the Prestige it has a proper power switch at the back, Iomega’s Protection Suite of software, and includes a 12-month Trend Micro Internet Security subscription, which is only really useful if you currently lack security software.
Sadly, when it comes to performance, the eGo falls some way behind its stablemate. The 1TB model achieved below-average scores in each of our tests, and if its 32.4MB/sec small-file write rate looks creditable, it’s only by comparison to the appalling performance of the Freecom and Verbatim drives in that specific test. The 2TB model gave similar performance in our large-file tests, but unexpectedly did much better with small files, averaging strong write and read speeds of 52MB/sec and 82MB/sec.
Overall, though, the eGo Desktop doesn’t measure up to the looks or performance of the Prestige drive – and, perversely, the two ranges are currently selling at almost identical prices across all capacities. So even if you’re an Iomega fan, this isn’t one to go for.