Seagate gets sexy with slim hard disk drive
TO CELEBRATE Seagate's
35th anniversary, the company unveiled its sexy new Seven portable external hard disk drive at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
The Seagate Seven features a distinctive design that is at the same time retro and modern. But, more importantly, it is only 7mm thick.
This is possible because the hard disk drive within is only 5mm thick. This means that the brushed stainless steel case it is encased within is only 2mm thick.
Despite this, the Seagate Seven feels sturdy and strong.
But thin 5mm hard disk drives are not a novelty, they were launched over two years ago and were initially designed to enable manufacturers to come up with high-capacity storage tablets.
Unfortunately, this did not come to pass as manufacturers stuck with Nand memory for its performance.
Back to the Seagate Seven, it is worth noting that, at this point, it comes in only one variant with 500GB capacity.
But 500GB is a little low these days, considering that there is no shortage of 2TB (or 2,000GB) portable external hard disk drives now. Still, considering its slimness and portability, we are willing to overlook this. The Seven also uses the USB 3.0 interface.
The drive comes preloaded with setup software for PCs and Macs that will install Seagate's Dashboard utility.
Apart from helping users back up their systems, the Dashboard utility also features integration with social media services, such as Facebook and Flickr, and can be programmed to automatically back up your photos on their sites too.
A new feature called Mobile Backup can protect data on your iOS or Android device.
That said, the Dashboard utility is not a prerequisite to use the Seagate Seven.
Users can pair the device with their own backup utility and Mac users can use the drive instantly with Time Machine.
The Seagate Seven's performance is decent, but we noticed in our tests that write speeds are a little below average, by around 10 per cent, when compared to regular portable external hard disk drives.
This stems from the fact that the drive was designed primarily for aesthetics, rather than performance.
But the biggest problem with the 500GB Seagate Seven is its high price. At $199, users can easily buy a 2TB portable external hard disk drive.
As it stands, the cool design and portability of the Seagate Seven will cost users a hefty premium.
In the end, the Seagate Seven is more of a commemorative collector's edition, rather than something you'll actually use for serious storage purposes, but you could still choose to do so if you do not mind the premium it commands.