Vox V1 review: Vox V1

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.4
  • Setup and ease of use: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 9.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good Easy to setup; fast throughput speed; supports e-SATA; sturdy casing.

The Bad Flaw-laden backup software; no phone support listed on Web site.

The Bottom Line The Vox V1 is a simple, straightforward external hard drive. We liked it for its high performance and ease of use as an external hard drive. However, the drive is bundled with underdeveloped backup software so if you want to use it as an automatic backup solution, you will need to spend a little more for a third-party application.

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We'd never recommend this device based on its name. Vox External Hard Drive USB 2.0 & SATA V1 (Vox V1) is probably the least enticing name we've seen on an external hard drive. However, we looked past that and actually liked the drive a lot for its great performance. So far, it's the fastest USB 2.0 external hard drive we've tested. The drive also has an e-SATA connector, which potentially yields even higher throughput rate. We wish its bundled backup software were more robust and--most importantly--that it functioned as expected. Nonetheless, at $180 for the 750GB version, the V1 will make a nice expansion to your computer's storage. However, if you are looking for a backup solution right out of the box for about the same price, we'd recommend the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus.

Drive type External hard drive
Connector options USB 2.0; e-SATA
Available capacities 250GB, 500GB, 750GB
Capacity of test unit (if applicable) 750GB
Drive speed 7,200rpm
Cache 16MB
Dimensions (LWH) 12.5x10x3.5 inches
Notable design features One-touch backup button
OSes supported Windows XP, Vista; Mac OS9, X
Software included iniBackup
Service and support 1-year warranty; e-mail support. Vox's Web site includes FAQs, user guides, and data sheets

The Vox V1 comes in three versions: 250GB ($80), 500GB ($119), and 750GB; the last is the one we evaluated. All of them have a simple design that looks like a brick, yet are still stylish with the black sturdy aluminum casing and the blue status light on the front. All of its ports, which include USB 2.0 and e-SATA, are on the back together with the power switch. The front status light also works as a button that activates the included backup software.

Included in the box are the drive, the power supply, USB and e-SATA cables, a short manual, and a software CD. That's more than enough to get you started. As with most USB external hard drives, if you run Windows 2000 or later, you just have to plug it in and the system will recognize the drive. That was also the case on the Vox V1. We had no problem hooking it up to our Windows XP system. However, if you run Windows 98, you will need to install the driver provided on the included CD first before you can hook the device to your computer. According to Vox, the drive works also with Apple computers running OS 9 or later.

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Where to Buy

Vox V1 (500GB)

Part Number: EXSA-35C-500G7K
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 3.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB / eSATA-300
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Spindle Speed 7200 rpm