The Good The LifeStudio Mobile Plus external hard drive ships with Hitachi's LifeStudio software that intelligently organizes digital content. The device comes with a separate thumb drive to store on-the-go data, and it offers decent throughput performance.
The Bad The LifeStudio Mobile Plus doesn't support USB 3.0 or FireWire. Its LifeStudio software display ads, and it doesn't support network storage or allow for excluding certain folders from its library. Out of the box, the drive can't handle files 4GB or larger, and with the docking station it is rather bulky.
The Bottom Line The LifeStudio Mobile Plus is a good external storage solution that makes it easy to find what you need, when you need it, among your "digital mess." However, its lack of USB 3.0 support and the limited functionality of the LifeStudio and Backup software might make you want to keep looking.
|Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||Seagate Expansion Portable Drive||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||...||$670 Dell Home||$150 Amazon.com||$179 Amazon.com||$114 Dell Home|
Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus
If you have a lot of photos and often have a hard time finding a particular image among them, then the LifeStudio external hard drive is probably right for you. The device is bundled with Hitachi's LifeStudio application that automatically finds digital content, including music, photos, videos, and documents, and organizes and displays them in a visually clear, chronological order.
The LifeStudio Mobile Plus is the portable version of the LifeStudio family and comes with a USB key, which is a 4GB thumbdrive designed to store mobile data. With a street price of about $130 (the 500GB version) or $100 (the 320GB version), the LifeStudio Mobile Plus is a good deal with the features it offers.