Conclusion: Iomega has delivered a nifty little drive that offers 500GB of fast USB 3.0 storage that is supported by a decent bundle of software. In addition there is dedicated hardware that will keep your data safe from the perils of the modern world.
Summary: Overall, the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is a very good choice. For those who don't require the extra protection, the faster Seagate GoFlex is $25 less expensive, has excellent utilities, and its connector is future-proofed. Still, while the size of the Iomega eGo might be an issue for those who will be carrying it around in a laptop bag, its generally fast speeds, durability, and extra free software justify the $124 price tag.
Pros: Attractive design, Can withstand short drops, Second-fastest USB 3.0 drive tested, Hard drive is encrypted
Cons: Must download backup software separately, Bigger and heavier than other drives
Summary: While certainly more robust than most portable hard drives, the Iomega also has a stylish good looks that leaves most looking like ugly ducklings in comparison. Its weakest link however is its rather slow 5400-rpm drive.
Pros: Surprisingly robust, Stylish design, Simple to use encryption, Software is preloaded on the drive, no need of CD/DVD to install it, 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, 3 year warranty
Cons: No active cooling, Sealed unit so hard drive replacement will be difficult, No power On/Off switch for drive, 5400-rpm drive means less than blazing speeds
Conclusion: Iomega’s eGo USB 3.0 portable drive maintains the same winning look and feel as previous iterations while essentially doubling transfer speeds. The 500GB version of the drive still commands a $20 price premium over the (list price) USB 2.0 version, but the USB 3.0 version will be a no brainer when Iomega switches the rest of the eGo line to USB 3.0, without increasing price, in October.
Pros: Vastly improved transfer speeds, Sleek, portable design, Affordable (more so after October price drop), Backward compatible with microUSB cables
Cons: Not the speediest competitor in USB 2.0 mode
Excerpt: Iomega's eGo is a speedy, good-looking portable hard drive with a generous warranty and a good price. Main quibble: The software suite, while impressive, will tax most users with its convoluted install.
Pros: Fast, Three-year warranty, Slim, attractive design, Robust included software suite, Inexpensive versus other external USB drives
Cons: Software suite tedious to install and register, License keys supplied on easily mislaid piece of paper
Excerpt: The Good Small and lightweight Bus powered No fan necessary Fast transfers on FW800 Cross-platform support for drive and software Attractive form factor Cables included The Bad Fairly hot during heavy use Blue LED is extremely bright Iomega's new eGo Mac Edition portable hard drives feature multiple interface connections, aluminum construction, shock protection and software bundles.
Pros: Small and lightweight, Bus powered, No fan necessary, Fast transfers on FW800, Cross-platform support for drive and software, Attractive form factor, Cables included
Cons: Fairly hot during heavy use, Blue LED is extremely bright