Iomega eGo Helium review: Iomega eGo Helium

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 9.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good Design is a mirror image of the attractive Apple MacBook Air; Drop Guard protects against long falls; competitive cost per gigabyte; fast transfer speeds.

The Bad Lacks additional power port; short warranty; no FireWire support.

The Bottom Line The Iomega eGo Helium is a cost-effective solution for MacBook Air users who need additional data storage and don't want to sacrifice form for function.

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Editors' note: The final rating of this review has been updated to reflect a discrepancy in calculation. None of the individual scores have changed.

The Apple MacBook Air laptop is popular for its sleek design and portability, but the small hard-drive capacities are limiting for digital packrats. The 320GB Iomega eGo Helium external hard drive offers MacBook Air users additional storage space in an equally attractive case. Iomega also keeps the Mac love flowing by formatting the drive with Apple's HFS+ file system. At $143, it's easy to recommend the Iomega eGo Helium for its low cost per gigabyte and impressive transfer speeds.

Design and features

Drive type External USB Flash Hard Drive
Connector options USB 2.0
Available capacities 320GB
Drive speed 5,400rpm
Product dimensions (LWH) 0.63x3.45x4.75 inches
Capacity of test unit 320GB
OSes supported Microsoft Windows Vista, 2000, 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional, Mac OS X, version 10.1.5 or higher
Software included EMC Retrospect and MozyHome Online backup software


The Helium's thin chassis matches the Apple Macbook Air.

The exterior of the eGo Helium is an almost identical match to the MacBook Air. From the rounded edges to the brushed silver finish, the drive makes a perfect complement to the Air or any other Apple laptop. It's also easy to slip into your jacket pocket or a bag thanks to its slim profile. The drive is entirely unmarked except for the top side that houses a single USB 2.0 port and a small light that glows when the drive is in use. The drive is powered by the USB bus, but unlike previous eGo iterations, it doesn't have an extra power port. In addition, the USB cord that comes with the drive is single pronged--the Camo and Brown Leather versions have two USB connectors attached to the cord in case your laptop needs double the power to run the drive.

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Where to Buy

Iomega eGo Helium

Part Number: 34448 Released: Nov 13, 2008

MSRP: $109.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 13, 2008
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 320 GB
  • Hard Drive Type External hard drive
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
  • Buffer Size 8 MB