Cost per gigabyte
The S2 Portable offers an excellent deal across all capacities, and we calculate the 500GB model to cost 20 cents per gigabyte--enough to push the LaCie Rikiki out of the first place position for affordable drives. At just $120 for the 640GB model, the S2 still offers plenty of storage for gigabyte gobblers on a budget.
We did a simple data transfer test and compared the Samsung S2 Portable with four other external drives in a similar price range. According to our stopwatch, the S2 Portable read our file at 28.89MBps and wrote it back at 25.26MBps, earning a top spot on write speed and coming in a close second behind the G-Tech G-Drive Mobile to read our 6.61GB media folder. Still, the differences between the top scorers are so marginal that you won't be able to tell the difference unless you're transferring a file that's 10GB or larger.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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Service and support
Samsung protects the S2 Portable with a generous three-year warranty that guards against manufacturer defects. If you have a problem with the drive, Samsung will ship you a replacement drive while you send the defective drive to the company for testing. For general troubleshooting issues, Samsung provides a comprehensive list of FAQs, a glossary, a user guide, and even a self-diagnostic chart to check your drive for common errors before contacting the RMA service. The company also provides an e-mail form that puts you in direct contact with a Samsung technician.