Transcend StoreJet 25f review:

Transcend StoreJet 25f

Cost per gigabyte
The simple, bare-bones nature of the Transcend StoreJet 25F is reflected in its low cost per gigabyte. The results speak for themselves--the StoreJet is over 13 cents cheaper per gigabyte than all of its competitors. Unlike the Clickfree Backup Drive or the Lenovo ThinkPad that incorporate extra hardware and software features, the StoreJet manages to stay on the inexpensive side.

Cost per gigabyte
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Cost  
GB  
Cost per gig (in cents)  
Transcend StoreJet 25F
109 
320 
$0.34 
Seagate FreeAgent Go
150 
320 
$0.47 
Clickfree Portable Backup Drive
180 
320 
$0.56 
Iomega eGo Camo
149 
250 
$0.59 
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure
219 
320 
$0.69 

Performance
If the overall cost per gigabyte doesn't have you reaching for your checkbook, the speed transfer test results certainly will. The StoreJet stays on top again, reading 27.52 megabytes per second and writing 24.3 megabytes per second. The Clickfree Portable Backup Drive comes in at a close second, reading 26.38 megabytes per second, but the gap is considerable, especially taking into consideration the lowest scoring drive is almost ten seconds megabytes per second slower in both read and write benchmarks.

Speed transfer test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read (MB/s)  
Write (MB/s)  
Transcend StoreJet 25F
27.52 
24.3 
Iomega eGo Camo
19.47 
19.5 
Seagate FreeAgent Go
18.15 
17.84 

Service and support
Transcend backs all of its external hard drives with a two year warranty that covers parts and labor, so long as the damage is not a result of "accident, abuse, misuse, natural or personal disaster, or any unauthorized disassembly, repair, or modification." A two-year warranty is acceptable for an external hard drive, but we always prefer three years to ensure the physical integrity of a portable device made to withstand the abuse of daily transport.

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