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First Look: The Toshiba Canvio Slim II could slim down a bit.
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First Look: The Toshiba Canvio Slim II could slim down a bit.

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While the Toshiba Canvio Slim II's level of slimness isn't that new or impressive, CNET editor Dong Ngo holds his breath for it anyway!

Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here and this is the Toshima Canvio Slim II Portable Drive. Now I happen to know a thing or two about slim and thin. My hand for example, they are thin and my arm right here, that is slim. That said, this Slim II drive here is not as slim as cracked up to be because in fact I actually have reviewed other drives like the Seagate GoFlex Slim right here that is a lot slimmer as you can see here. So if you're looking for something ultra slim, this is not what you want and that is the bad news. The good news, that is the only bad news for the drive. The rest is either good or very good. Now first up this is a USB 3.0 drive and it comes with this single cable right here which is the only thing you need to make it work. In my testing it was very fast offering up to 118 megabytes per second. Now that's very fast because at that speed you can finish a CD worth of data in just 7 seconds or the whole DVD worth of data some 4.7 gigabytes in exactly 40.8 seconds and 40.8 seconds happen to be the amount I can hold my breath like this. Very impressive indeed. And there's more. The drive is pre-formatted in NTFS 5 system for Windows which means when I play it to a Mac, the Mac can read it but not write to it. However on the drive here you can find the NTFS software driver and once installed it allows the Mac to also write to the drive. Very smart. There's also software for backup password protection and the whole suite of Pogoplug PC that turn a computer into the online server for data sharing and storage. There's also 10 gigabytes of Pogoplug online storage for you to grab free with this drive. Now the drive here also would use speed 2.0 port and it has a very nice way of telling you what port you're using it with. There's a light right here that turns on when you plug it in and flashes when there's data activities. If the color is white, you're using it with your speed 2.0. If the color is blue, it's using speed 3.0. It's very clear unless of course you're color blind. In that case, do what I do. Get 4.7 gigabytes there together and hold your breath. Remember 40.8 seconds. You know, this is an excellent drive that's totally worth its price of $100 for 1 terabyte or $75 for 500 gigabytes. For more, check out my in-depth review at CNET.com. I guarantee the review would not be shallow and that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the First Look at the Canvio Slim II Portable Drive from Toshiba.

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