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
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
From the Lab Review: Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB
19 December 2008
Excerpt: (1 items) Iomega's eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB is a Mac-formatted storage device that’s available with a capacity of 320GB. It has a case that’s stylistically like the iconic silver casing of the MacBook Air ( ) and is Mac-ready out of the box. With the lack of FireWire in the new MacBook ( ) and MacBook Air (which never had FireWire in the first place), USB-only external drives have garnered new attention from Mac users.