Silicon Power Armor A80 review: Silicon Power Armor A80

The A80 doesn't come with any software installed, but Windows users can download the SP Widget from Silicon Power's Web site to add backup and data encryption features to the drive.

Performance
The Silicon Power Armor A80 excels where it's most important: performance. I tested it with both USB 3.0 and UBS 2.0.

With USB 3.0, the drive registered a write speed of 87MBps and a read speed of 102.7MBps. Both of these numbers are among the fastest I've seen so far. When used with USB 2.0, The drive offered a write speed of 28.8MBps, being the third fastest among the drives compared for this test, and a read speed of 38.8MBps, about average.

The drive also worked very well and generated almost no heat in my trial, even after lengthy operation.

USB 3.0 external hard-drive performance (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Silicon Power Armor A80
102.7 
87.8 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
104.9 
87.7 
Clickfree C6
103.4 
87.7 
LaCie FastKey
115.5 
87.1 
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro
103.5 
86.2 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
101.9 
82.4 
IoSafe SoloPro
106 
77.1 
HP Portable Hard Drive
83.65 
69.4 
Seagate GoFlex Satellite
76.1 
69.3 

USB 2.0 external hard-drive performance (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Silicon Power Armor A80
32.8 
28.8 
LaCie FastKey
36.6 
28.8 
Seagate GoFlex Satellite
32.7 
28.8 
Clickfree C6
33.1 
28.7 
IoSafe SoloPro
36.6 
28.7 
LaCie Minimus USB 3.0
36.5 
28.7 
Clickfree C2N
40.1 
28.2 
Seagate GoFlex Slim
37.25 
27.66 

Service and support
Silicon Power backs the Armor A80 with a three-year warranty, which is decent for a storage device. At the company's Web site, you'll find a page dedicated to the drive where you can download its manual, software, and so on.

Conclusions
Attractive, compact, rugged, and offering fast performance, the Silicon Power Armor A80 portable hard drive would be an excellent choice for anyone who wants to bring extra storage on the go.

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