Given that one external 2.5″ drive is much like any other, Iomega’s latest batch presents a good choice: theirs are designed to survive a drop onto hard surfaces. The compromise is that they’re a little larger than the competition — compare, for example, to Seagate, whose recent models aim for ultra-thinness.
Tested, the drive had similar throughput to all the other 5400 RPMers on the shelf: like them, it comes with a dual-head USB cable and backup software. In casual testing, it survived drops of 3 feet onto tile floor without a crack.
Iomega’s eGo drives come in dark red, white and dark blue and are offered at up to 500GB. A Mac edition adds Firewire 800 /400. But as far as Iomega’s droppable drives go, I still prefer the leather edition.
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