In addition to physical protection, the eGo Portable also includes a suite of software titles that give it an edge on the competition, including a six month-subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus, EMC Retrospect Express Backup HD, Iomega's QuikProtect file backup, and a lifetime 2GB per month subscription to MozyHome Online backup. The free software comes with the drive, but you get no CDs in the packaging. Instead, Iomega cleverly includes license codes for each program, which you then download from the Iomega Web site.
EMC Retrospect Express HD is a lighter version of EMC's professional backup software and retails for $50, but it can still perform all the backup functions you need to protect your data, including incremental backups and setting dated restore points. The layout of the program is intuitive and easy to use, especially since there aren't many options on the home screen. In the setup process, you can choose to backup using either simple file duplication or by compressing an entire data dump into one file. The second method is a little easier to organize, although you'll need to reinstall the software onto the new host drive to restore the files. The deal also includes a free lifetime subscription to Mozy.com, a Web site that offers online backups and storage. You only get 2GB per month with the deal, but you can upgrade to unlimited storage for $4.95 per month if you want to take full advantage of the software.
Cost per GB
Our 320GB model for $95 factors out to $0.30 per gigabyte, a fair price to pay for external storage. As it stands, the new Iomega eGo Portable is tied with the Transcend Storejet Mobile as the second cheapest drive in the comparison chart. Iomega almost came in first, but that title continues to belong to the Fujitsu HandyDrive at a bargain $0.27 per gig. Still, the cost difference is negligible and it's safe to say that Iomega presents an excellent deal with the new eGo price points.
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The eGo did pretty well in the cost-per-gigabyte comparison, but the speed benchmarks are where it really proves its worth. Using our same test methodology, we calculated the new eGo Portable to read data at a blazing fast 29.45 megabytes per second and write at 24.72 megabytes per second. We typically see an insignificant difference in speeds across the majority of external hard drives that come through our labs, but Iomega manages to break out from the pack, transferring at a full two megabytes per second faster than the HandyDrive, the former champion.
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Service and support
Iomega continues to set the warranty standard for external hard drives with a generous three-year limited plan that covers standard parts and labor. These new eGo Portables are the first generation of Iomega's drives to offer the full three-year guarantee, and we applaud the company for taking our criticism into consideration. The Iomega Web site and its user-to-user support forums are an excellent source for troubleshooting, but Iomega will replace the drive in the event of a manufacturer's defect.