The Good The new and rugged Silicon Power Armor A15 is very fast, and can protect data against shocks and vibrations. It's also comparatively inexpensive.
The Bad The included software and the new one-touch backup button don't work as expected. The drive isn't waterproof.
The Bottom Line Fast and affordable, the shockproof Silicon Power Armor A15 is an excellent buy for mobile users, especially those working in rough environments.
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Superfast portable storage for rough environments
Silicon Power's new Armor A15 portable drive is not a replacement of but a companion to the company's previousthat came out last year. The new drive offers protection against shocks but is not designed to be waterproof, which the Armor A80 was.
Similar to its brother, the new Armor A15 is very fast, compact, bus-powered, and meets the U.S. military's MIL-STD-810F drop-test standards. It also comes with a one-touch backup button and has a shock-absorbent silica gel cover to protect the internal drive from vibrations and shock.
Though the new one-touch button and the included SP Widget software are essentially just gimmicks, at the current price of just $90 for 1TB (or $75 for 500GB), the new Silicon Power Armor A15 is still an excellent portable storage choice, especially for those working in rough environments. General users should also check out the alternatives on this list for more options on design and storage space.