Seagate GoFlex Slim review: Seagate GoFlex Slim

Performance
We tested the GoFlex Slim with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, using a testbed running Windows 7. While the drive didn't top our charts, its performance was consistently very fast, especially considering its compact physical size.

In USB 2.0 tests, the Slim scored 27.7MBps and 37.3MBps for writing and reading, respectively, about in the middle of the chart. The drive did slightly better with USB 3.0 with 82.4MBps for writing and 101.9MBps for reading. At these speeds, the drive will work quickly when you need to transfer a large amount of storage.

We were also impressed that the drive remained cool during operation, despite the fact that it seems to have no ventilation slots. The drive looks like it's a solid piece of metal.

CNET Labs USB 2.0 external hard-drive performance scores (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
LaCie FastKey
36.6 
28.8 
IoSafe SoloPro
36.6 
28.7 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
36.5 
28.7 
Clickfree C2N
40.1 
28.2 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
37.3 
27.7 
LG N1T1
24.8 
17.6 

CNET Labs external hard-drive USB 3.0 performance scores (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Western Digital My Book 3.0
108.8 
106.6 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
104.9 
87.7 
LaCie FastKey
115.5 
87.1 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
101.9 
82.4 
IoSafe SoloPro
106 
77.1 

Service and support
Seagate backs the GoFlex Ultra Slim with a three-year warranty, which is one year longer than the GoFlex Ultra-portable's warranty. Seagate's Web site contains a comprehensive list of forums, knowledge bases, driver downloads, installation help, and FAQs to help you troubleshoot your drive. The company's technical support is also available via live chat, e-mail, and phone from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT weekdays.

Conclusions
By being significantly thinner, the GoFlex Slim further enhances Seagate's GoFlex portable drive family. In fact, the drive would earn our Editors' Choice award if it came in higher capacities.

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  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm