Clickfree Portable Backup Drive review: Clickfree Portable Backup Drive

Cost per GB
We're surprised to see such a low price for all the software perks you get with the Clickfree. As you can see from the chart below, it's not exactly the cheapest nor the most expensive drive money can buy, but rather falls in dead center at a reasonable 56 cents per gigabyte for the 320GB model. The 500GB Clickfree drive offers an even cheaper option at $220 that factors out to just 44 cents, beating out the Iomega eGo Helium for the best deal out of any external hard drive we've reviewed.

Cost per gigabyte
Cost  
Capacity  
Cost per GB  
Iomega eGo Helium
143 
320 
$0.45 
Seagate FreeAgent Go
150 
320 
$0.47 
Clickfree Portable Backup Drive
180 
320 
$0.56 
Iomega eGo Camo
149 
250 
$0.59 
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure
219 
320 
$0.69 
Maxtor Black Armor
150 
160 
$0.94 

Performance
We can't get mad at the Clickfree's performance results either. In fact, out of five other drives in our head-to-head speed test, the Clickfree registered the fastest marks with a 26.38MBps read and 23.34MBps write rating. The only other drive that comes close is Lenovo's ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive at almost a full megabyte slower per second in both read and write. A wallet-friendly price tag and record-breaking transfer speeds easily thrust the Clickfree into our list of the "Top 5 favorite" external hard drives.

Performance (in megabytes per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Maxtor Black Armor
17.4 
17.35 
Seagate FreeAgent Go
18.15 
17.84 
Iomega eGo Camo
19.47 
19.5 
Aluratek Tornado Plus
20.05 
12.13 
Clickfree Portable Backup Drive
26.38 
23.34 

Service and support
The Clickfree Web site indicates all its drives are backed by a measly one-year warranty and will only be considered for exchange if you include the original purchase receipt that contains the date of retail purchase. We normally prefer the warranty date to last at least two or even three years from the purchase to ensure a working drive well into the disk's life cycle. For an alternate drive with a longer warranty, take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive.

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