Pros: The drive worked right out of the box. Worked well on a Windows 7 machine copy/transferring files. Reformatted it to Macintosh 10.7 and currently backing up files to it. Using Mac software to backup so didn't use the packaged software. I've had a Western Digital for years (that I love) and the Transcend has been doing everything the old 80GB WD has done.
Cons: In order to power the drive, it has a two headed USB cord to connect to "low" power USB ports. The cord is a little cumbersome, but manageable.
Summary: one day they will make one with firewire and ill be the first to get it.
Pros: I have owned this one for 4 years, Very durable, i use this at a mechanic repair facility where everything gets dropped or stomped on or even crushed by machines. must say i have dropped it many times and have tested it in front of people and it still works. works with Mac as well, but the software does not, but who needs that software when you got a good device.
Summary: This thing has fallen from a height onto a hard floor (while it was running) multiple times and it still works great! I am impressed. My last external HD (accomdata) completely died after about 6 months of use and I lost all the data, so this is a great replacement HD - very reliable. The advertising for it being shock-proof and weather-proof have been proved true in my experience. Now I just need a larger HD!
Pros: Very, very durable and reliable!!! Easy-to-use (including backup software). Plug-n-play (and hot-swappable - has been unplugged by accident multiple times while running and no data corruption). Good transfer speeds/playback rates (for movies/music). Small, travels well and holds up to abuse.
Cons: Gets rather hot with extended use (probably from rubberized case), but this hasn't affected the data. Gets dusty easily b/c of rubber surface.
Pros: I like the form factor of this drive --although it's a bit larger than other portables, if the shock proofing works, it's worth the slightly larger size. Good capacity and speed, works on both my Mac and my Windows machine.
Cons: The software is oriented towards backup, and not any other use. The encryption included on the drive apparently doesn't work with a MAC; when I plug the drive in, all the data is just there in the open, no password needed, etc.
Summary: Make sure you properly remove this device from your computer when you're done using it, in windows you want to eject devices, in linux and mac, unmount it and THEN unplug it or you may corrupt all your data and have to reformat it.
Pros: This external hard drive is simply tops. It's small, I can fit EVERYTHING I need on it, no more loading up flash drives and formatting others and reloading them just to get everything I need for a trip away from my main computer. It's plug and play so no drivers required, works on Windows, Linux, and Mac, just plug it in. Has a connector with two usb plugs to draw 500mA in case you have usb1.1. the anti-shock protection is the best in the industry as far as I've seen ...
Cons: The only con I can think of is the case is some kind of cyberskin material that attracts small particles like dust, but it wipes off easily...