Iomega Radical Skin review: Iomega Radical Skin

Cost per GB
The Iomega Radical isn't the absolute cheapest hard drive you can buy- that accolade still goes to the Verbatim Acclaim, an Editor's Choice winner for both its quick throughput speeds as well as its $0.14 cost per gigabyte. Still, the aesthetic appeal plus all the extra software in the bundle and the 3-year warranty definitely offset the slightly more expensive price tag.

Cost per gigabyte
Cost  
GB  
Cost per gig (in cents)  
Verbatim Acclaim
$140 
1,024 
$0.14 
LaCie Rikiki
$105 
500 
$0.21 
Iomega Radical Skin
$120 
500 
$0.24 
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex
$130 
500 
$0.26 
G-Tech G-Drive Mobile USB
$140 
500 
$0.28 

Performance
Using our same test methodology, the Radical Skin read our 6GB data file at 32.17 megabytes per second (MB/s) and wrote it back at 26.67MB/s, fast enough to bump the aforementioned Verbatim Acclaim out of top position. 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, although you won't notice a big difference unless you transfer files upwards of 10GB.

Speed test (in MB/s)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
USB Read (MB/s)  
USB Write (MB/s)  
Iomega Radical Skin
32.17 
26.67 
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex
31.83 
24.07 
Verbatim Acclaim
31.09 
25.65 
G-Tech G-Drive Mobile USB
30.72 
24.45 
LaCie Rikiki
25.12 
23.26 

Service and support
Iomega continues to set the bar for external hard drives with a generous three-year limited warranty that covers standard parts and labor, and we applaud the company for taking care of its customers. 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.

What you'll pay

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