My buddy ordered this drive a while ago from TigerDirect and received it last night. The initial reaction is “Wow“…
Aside from the drives standard stats and lack of FireWire 800, this drive is AWESOME. Initially it was much smaller than I anticipated, and the brushed aluminum front looks great. It has a huge power brick, but all external drives unfortunately seem to have this.
Lack of FireWire 800 would keep data-intensive Video and Photo editors away from this drive, though. The price ($209.99 right now on TigerDirect) also makes it a great drive for the buck.
Here are some specs on the drive:
Capacity (GB): 500
Interface: USB 2.0
Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
Buffer Memory: 8MB
Average Seek (msec): less than 11
Data Transfer Rate on USB 2.0: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Dimensions: 1.4″ x 4.4″ x 7.4″
Driver Type: Seagate
This is an average drive with average specs, a cool case, and lacking FireWire 800. For that this drive gets a 7 out of 10. If you are just looking for some cheap storage room and don’t require FireWire 800 for data-intensive tasks, this drive is for you.