Apricorn EZ Bus Mini
Having to lug around a power brick for your laptop's external hard drive defeats the point of portability, but Apricorn's EZ Bus Mini lightens your load. Powered through a USB cable, it is small and light and offers good throughput, but it will eat into a notebook's battery life. It costs a little more than larger drives of the same capacity, but it's still a mobile must-have.
Packaged in a matte-black plastic case, the EZ Bus Mini weighs 4.2 ounces and is about as big as a deck of cards. It easily fits into a shirt pocket or a side pocket in your laptop's carrying case. It is half as big asand tiny compared to Maxtor's drives, although many other drives give a choice of connection method while the EZ Bus Mini uses only USB.
The secret to the EZ Bus Mini's small size is its miniature 1.8-inch Hitachi hard drive, which spins at 4,200rpm and has a 2MB buffer. The entire device is rated to take a shock of 225 g's, so it can be dropped with impunity. A small, green LED glows when the drive is connected and data is moving back and forth, which is useful for knowing when the device is working. Its petite form makes it easy to pass among users and machines, so the EZ Bus Mini is perfect for sharing data between members of a group. Just pull out the USB connector from where it nestles into the bottom of the drive, plug it into a USB slot, and your computer's operating system will set up the drive with the next available drive letter. The EZ Bus Mini works with Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS 9.2 but lacks Windows 98, Windows Me, and Linux support.