G-Technology G-Drive Slim review review: A hard drive with MacBook Air written all over it

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
Review Date:
Updated on:

The Good The G-Technology G-Drive Slim offers fast performance and a nice design for a relatively friendly price.

The Bad The G-Drive Slim could be a little more compact, and it doesn't come with any bundled software.

The Bottom Line Those with a notebook computer, especially a MacBook Air, will find the G-Drive Slim a very good companion.

Don't Miss

G-Technology's G-Drive Slim is the latest in a trend of ultrathin USB 3.0-based portable external hard drives on the market, directly competing with Seagate's GoFlex Slim and WD's My Passport Edge.

And the new G-Drive is indeed very slim, almost as thin as the GoFlex, but it's clearly wider and longer than the My Passport Edge. Still, it definitely belongs to the small group of compact portable drives currently on the market. The new drive supports USB 3.0 and showed very good performance in my testing. That, plus its sturdy build and the affordable price of around $90 for 500GB, makes it an excellent buy for mobile users, especially MacBook Air owners.

But you can use the G-Drive Slim with any computer, including Windows machines, as long as you know how to reformat it. If you want a drive to use with Windows right out of the box, I'd recommend the GoFlex Slim or the My Passport Edge.

Drive type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive
Connector options USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Available capacities 500GB
Capacity of test unit 500GB
Dimensions (LWH) 5.06 inches by 3.23 inches by 0.39 inch
Weight 0.33 pound
OSes supported Windows 2000 or later (reformatting required), Mac OS 10.4 or later
Software included None

Design and features
The G-Drive certainly is slim, at 0.39 inch, and it looks thinner than it actually is. The G-Drive's aluminum chassis looks good, and matches the design of the MacBook Air.

On one side, the G-Drive Slim has one Micro-USB 3.0 port. This port works both for data and power. All you need is a standard Micro-USB 3.0 cable (a foot-long cable is included) to make the drive work. Being bus-powered is now a standard feature on USB portable drives. The G-Drive supports USB 3.0 but also works with USB 2.0. I tried it with many ports on many different computers, and all of them were able to power the drive and get it connected to the host computer.

Though thinner, the G-Drive Slim is clearly longer and wider than the My Passport Edge.
Though thinner, the G-Drive Slim is clearly longer and wider than the My Passport Edge. Dong Ngo/CNET

Don't Miss

 

ARTICLE DISCUSSION

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Where to Buy

G-Technology G-Drive Slim (500GB, USB 3.0)

Part Number: 0G02361

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
About The Author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.