Toshiba 500GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive Review
6 April 2012
Summary: The $149 Toshiba 500GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive boasts a best-in-class read speed and easy backup software, but it suffers from below-average write speeds and a design that doesn't feel durable. If a feature-packed drive is more to your liking, the 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Go offers cross-PC sync, 256-bit AES encryption, and a lengthy five-year warranty for the same price.
Summary: The Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive is an attractive, weightless drive with a decent price point for a drive of this capacity. Its size makes it great for travel, but the write speeds aren't up to par with other drives we've seen. We can't recommend it due to its lack of performance.
Pros: Large capacity for a travel drive, Very compact and light, USB 2.0 powered, Ships with backup software, Cool and quiet