TechSpot: Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD review

Several technology companies throughout history have been defined by a single product. Microsoft gained worldwide notoriety with Windows 95, Intel's Pentium processor boosted the company to new heights and many would argue that the iPod saved Apple from an untimely fate. For storage company Iomega, their claim to fame came in 1994 with the Zip drive, a disk-based storage system that filled the capacity gap between floppy disks and the rewritable optical disc that followed a few years later.

Although not as prominent a household name as it was a decade ago, Iomega still produces multiple consumer products covering a wide range of storage and networking needs. Today we'll be taking a look at the eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, one of the latest additions to Iomega's portable storage line.

USB 3.0 support on the Iomega eGo provides faster performance but also the convenience of powering the drive from a single USB 3.0 port, an important feat if you plan to carry the drive around a lot.

Read: Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review

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All I could think about when looking at that image is how old the laptop in the picture is. I mean why did they find a laptop from the Inspiron 6400 era to put into a USB 3.0 shot? I mean seriously...

Frazell Thomas said,
All I could think about when looking at that image is how old the laptop in the picture is. I mean why did they find a laptop from the Inspiron 6400 era to put into a USB 3.0 shot? I mean seriously...

Its an example picture. They did not test the drive on that laptop.

Frazell Thomas said,
All I could think about when looking at that image is how old the laptop in the picture is. I mean why did they find a laptop from the Inspiron 6400 era to put into a USB 3.0 shot? I mean seriously...

Agreed, also that orange chair is aweful!

aftas said,

Its an example picture. They did not test the drive on that laptop.

Well I know it is an example. I'm not a three year old .

Just seems silly to showcase it next to a laptop that predates USB 3.0 and is long obsolete.

SCRISP said,

Agreed, also that orange chair is aweful!

Not to mention that awful looking stylus, it looks like one of those old-school ink-based writing implements...

Frazell Thomas said,
All I could think about when looking at that image is how old the laptop in the picture is. I mean why did they find a laptop from the Inspiron 6400 era to put into a USB 3.0 shot? I mean seriously...

I'm sure they were trying to convey backwards compatibility

Mr Spoon said,
Yes but this whole black/chrome look is getting boring now.
I just wish many more drives would work on USB power alone.

The bus power spec has been increased so that a unit load is 150 mA (+50% over minimum using USB 2.0). An unconfigured device can still draw only one unit load, but a configured device can draw up to six unit loads (900 mA, an 80% increase over USB 2.0 at a registered maximum of 500 mA). Minimum device operating voltage is dropped from 4.4 V to 4 V.

Not sure though if that is enough to power a 3.5" HDD.....Might be enough to power a 3.5" SSD

I love my Seagate 500gb external drive; sleak, slim, sexy. This does look styled like an old ZipDrive but 1TB on USB3 is pretty sexy, too.

Who cares about how it looks, if it is reliable and works properly (and reasonably priced of course) then thats good enough.

este said,
Who cares about how it looks, if it is reliable and works properly (and reasonably priced of course) then thats good enough.

Exactly Very well put.

This comment is ESPECIALLY valid considering that the reason no one knows the name Iomega anymore is that they all but went out of business due to the litigation, returns, and loss of business caused by their horrible Jazz and Zip drive manufacturing failures. They went from being a household word to being cursed by the millions because someone decided to pinch one too many pennies on manufacturing costs. They have never recovered...and for good reason. I am someone who will NEVER trust an Iomega product ever again.

xXTOKERXx said,
Looks awful, why not black/chrome or electric/pastel colours like the trends, that thing looks dated already!

I wont deny having one, despite its "dated" look. The quality of the product is more important than its appearance.

xXTOKERXx said,
Looks awful, why not black/chrome or electric/pastel colours like the trends, that thing looks dated already!

For you simple Apple fans:
The enclosure is offered in four different colors: Ruby Red, BlackBelt, Charcoal and Midnight Blue

xXTOKERXx said,
Looks awful, why not black/chrome or electric/pastel colours like the trends, that thing looks dated already!

same ugly color as my old zip drive... LOL but yea, black/silver would be better, glad they offer it...

Sylar2010 said,
Looks like puke!

For you simple Apple fans:

The enclosure is offered in four different colors: Ruby Red, BlackBelt, Charcoal and Midnight Blue