Summary: Priced at $249 (which includes a lengthy five-year warranty), the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is an excellent performer, provided that you utilize the FireWire 400 connection and don't mind a lone USB 2.0 port. It's slightly more expensive than similarly sized external hard drives such as the $229 LaCie Hard Disk, but the SafetyDrill and DrivePass software offer a high level of data protection for notebook owners.
Summary: The OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive is an excellent choice for adding a Terabyte of storage to your computer or to backup multiple computers. As the product line indicates, the OneTouch button makes it very simple to backup or sync your precious data to the drive. The design of the enclosure is simple, but rather functional when considering heat dissipation. It has an understated look that would make it fit in at home as well as at the office.
Pros: » Massive amount of external storage, » Firewire and USB 2.0 connectivity, » Simple backup management in as few as three clicks, » Includes a full suite of related applications, » Competitively priced, » 5 Year Warranty
Cons: » No eSATA, » No power switch, » Software may be lacking for advanced users, » May need to download latest SafetyDrill application for use with new systems
Excerpt: We were about to lead off this review with a Nelson Muntz-style “ha-ha” at Seagate, whose 750GB FreeAgent Pro has now fallen from the top of our external storage rankings thanks to Maxtor’s OneTouch 4. And then we remembered that Seagate now owns Maxtor. Whoops. The OneTouch 4 is easily the fastest non-RAID, USB-based external device we’ve tested. That’s a lot of modifiers, but we don’t want to give credit where it isn’t due.
Pros: One of the fastest USB-connected devices we’ve tested; quiet as a dead mouse.
Cons: No other connection options, save for USB; no power switch.
Summary: While the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus can be used simply as an external storage device connected to a PC via USB, the true benefit comes from its software and OneTouch system to create a well-configured backup device.
The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external desktop drive isn't pretty. However, it has USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 ports and it's fast.
Good Gear Guide.au
15 April 2008
Summary: The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is a desktop hard drive that offers a FireWire 400 connection, as well as the usual USB connection. If you have a FireWire 400 port on your computer and you transfer large files regularly, then this is an external hard drive worth a look.
Pros: FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, fast transfer speeds for FireWire 400 connection, quiet, 256-bit AES encryption