Published on January 25th, 2006 | by Greg0
Design Pays Off- Even for Hard Drives
One would think all pocket or portable hard drives are essentially the same- they try to store as much data as possible in a small space and plugin with USB 2.0.
Pretty much every miniature hard drive meets those requirements, so how do you decide which to get? Well, they do vary in size/price- if you only need 1GB of storage, buying 5GB doesn’t make much sense. A few of them also vary in features, though these are largely gimmicks (like a fingerprint scanner to lock up your files).
Seagate’s Pocket Hard Drives do something a little different- they create a nice middle ground between thumb drives (about the size of a stick of gum) and external hard drives (usually the size of a paperback book). The former type of drive typically aim for 1GB at a reasonable price with a just a couple of ounces of weight, the latter can give you 100 GB or so for a similar price but with many, many times the weight and usually requiring external power.
Seagate’s drives offer either 2.5GB or 5GB of storage, and high speed transfer, and are maybe three times the weight of a thumbdrive. But the real highlight is the design: they are disc-shaped, which is unusual by itself, with a small transparent section and a blue LED, and a unique enclosure that wraps the USB cord and stores it.
The end result is a clever piece of packaging that turns a utilitarian device into something a little more fun- and a little more useful. Seagate’s Pocket Hard Drives are available for under $100, online and in stores.