Iomega eGo review: Iomega eGo

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MSRP: $139.95
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Very stylish casing; bus-powered; includes backup software for Windows users; good read/write speeds.

The Bad No backup software for Mac users; phone support costs $25 per incident.

The Bottom Line If you love flashy toys, the Iomega eGo is for you. It's a fast and stylish drive, but Mac users get left out when it comes to backup.

7.3 Overall
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Service and support 5.0

Editor's note: We recently retested the Iomega eGo after the manufacturer noted that our write test speeds were much slower than its tests predicted. We tested a new unit and have changed the review accordingly.

The Iomega eGo portable hard drive sports a stylish look and compact size. It's currently offered in just one capacity--160GB--but it's available in two colors, red and silver. The look and feel of this drive is impressive. The anodized-aluminum-and-polished-steel case resembles a flask and we find ourselves wanting to handle it constantly. But looks aren't everything; performance is important too. Happily, this drive performs as well as it looks. If you're looking for a stylish, flashy drive with fast read/write speeds, this $130 drive is a great choice.

Drive type Portable, external
Connector options USB 2.0
Available capacities 160GB
Drive speed 5,400RPM
Cache 8MB
Dimensions (LWH) 5.25 x 3.5 x 0.75 inches
Notable design features None
OSes supported Windows 2000 Pro, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista; Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
Software included EMC Retrospect (for PC only)
Service and support One-year limited warranty; pay-per-incident phone support ($25): weekdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; Iomega site includes live one-on-one Web chat, forums, FAQs, software downloads, product documentation, and how-to videos.

The Iomega eGo was one of the fastest portable hard drives we've tested over USB. It wrote a 10GB folder of mixed file types in 9 minutes, 54 seconds. The Seagate FreeAgent Go wrote the same folder in 10 minutes, 33 seconds. The Iomega eGo read back that same folder to the testbed drive in 8 minutes, 11 seconds; the FreeAgent Go took just a few more seconds to do the job.
Portable hard drive read/write tests
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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Iomega eGo (USB)
08:11 
09:54 
Note: * Drive name (tested connection)

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