Iomega Radical Skin review: Iomega Radical Skin

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
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The Good Quick transfer speeds; small 2.5-inch footprint; Drop Guard protects up to 51 inches; three-year warranty.

The Bad Average cost per gigabyte; no 1TB option; "Jersey Shore" design may not appeal to everyone.

The Bottom Line The Radical Skin is one of three unique Iomega portable hard drives designed in collaboration with action sports apparel brand Skin Industries. Along with Knock Out and Red Hot, the $120 Radical Skin boasts an impressive 51-inch drop protecting rating and a generous three-year warranty, but it only comes in 500GB with no other capacities available. Not everyone will appreciate the design, but we recommend the Iomega Radical Skin for those who need a rugged portable hard drive.

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Labels aside, most of the external hard drives that come through our labs are indistinguishable from one another--they employ the generic aesthetic formula consisting of a simple rectangular case and a USB port on top. Iomega continues to earn our recommendation with its latest portable drive series, the Skin. The line includes the "Knock Out," "Radical," and "Red Hot," and all three designs carry a custom graphic provided in collaboration with popular action-sports label Skin Industries. As usual, Iomega delivers the goods both inside and out with extra features like Drop Guard, plenty of data protection software, and an impressive warranty that lasts for three years. Granted the Sailor Jerry-esque designs aren't for everyone, but the Skin series certainly continues Iomega's reputation for putting out attractive, easy-to-use, affordable portable storage drives.

Design and features
At 4.9 inches long, 3.3 inches wide, and 0.7-inches thick, the Iomega Radical Skin is even thinner than the eGo Portable we raved about last year, thanks to the 2.5-inch drive inside. The small footprint earns points for portability, and its 0.36-pound weight fits comfortably in a shirt pocket for easy transportation.

The Radical Skin is adorned by a custom graphic designed by Skin Industries, a sports apparel company that was once exclusive to Freestyle Motocross (FMX), but now reaches across "all sports and levels from amateur to professional." Comparable to Sailor Jerry, Von Dutch, and maybe a little "Jersey Shore," the white and yellow script aggressively pops off the black background and looks much tougher than the majority of competitive drives we review.

The 2.5-inch SATA hard disk spins at 5,400 revolutions per minute, and a smooth case protects the inside with Iomega's Drop Guard feature for protection up to 51 inches. Just for kicks, we purposefully dropped the Radical Skin from three and four foot heights, and each time the drive worked flawlessly. The interface is just as clean as the exterior; a single mini USB 2.0 sits on top and a small LED light blinks green to indicate the drive is transferring data. The Radical Skin is also one of the first Iomega hard drives not to include an extra power port, since it draws data and juice from USB.

Drive type External USB flash hard drive
Connector options USB 2.0
Size 2.5" HDD
Available capacities 500GB
Product Dimensions (LWH) 4.9" x 3.3" x 0.7"
Capacity of test unit 500GB
OSes supported Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / 2000 / 2000 Professional / XP Home / XP Professional / XP Professional x64, Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6 or higher
Software included Trend Micro Internet Security, Roxio Retrospect Express Backup software, Iomega QuikProtect, and MozyHome Online Backup

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Where to Buy

Iomega Radical Skin Portable Hard Drive

Part Number: 35106

MSRP: $119.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Hard Drive Type External hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 500 GB