Samsung S2 review: Samsung S2

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Simple, compact design; fast transfer speeds; generous three-year warranty; inexpensive; available in a rainbow of colors.

The Bad Included backup and password protection software doesn't support Mac OS.

The Bottom Line Although we dinged its predecessor because of its inflated price tag, the Samsung S2 Portable hard drive earns high marks and our recommendation for being reasonably priced, having fast file-transfer speed, and for having a generous three-year warranty.

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The Samsung S2 Portable hard drive is almost identical to the company's S1 Mini that we reviewed in 2009, except that the S2 Portable is slightly larger because of the 2.5-inch hard drive spinning inside. With capacities reaching 640GB ($120) and being available in a variety of bright colors, the Samsung S2 Portable not only looks good, but it also has a low per-gigabyte price--a combination we like well enough to recommend it.

Design and features
The S2 Portable chassis is the same rectangular shape as the S1 Mini, but at 4 inches long by 3 inches wide and less than 1 inch thick, the S2 is a bit larger than the S1. The S2's weight varies slightly depending on its capacity, but most people won't have a problem with its size--especially if the drive winds up in a carry-on bag or a laptop case.

Drive type 2.5-inch external USB flash hard drive
Connector options USB 2.0
Size (LWH) 4.4 inches by 3.2 inches by 0.7 inch
Weight 0.38 pound
Capacity of test unit 640GB
Supported operating systems Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, 7), Mac OS 10.4.8 and later
Software included SecretZone and Auto Backup

The S2 Portable is available in six colors that are not only visually pleasing but also help to distinguish the drive from the sea of external-storage solutions floating around the office. Each color wraps around the front and sides of the device, and a circular lattice pattern embellishes its top with speckles of glitter that accent its features. Similar to the grip on the Transcend StoreJet 25f, the back of the S2 Portable is covered with a slightly sticky plastic that prevents the drive from slipping on smooth surfaces.

The S2 Portable is USB-powered, so the only cable you need is included in the box. The drive has a soft blue light on its top that signals when it's transferring data.

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Where to Buy

MSRP: $119.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 640 GB