Iomega eGo BlackBelt Mac Edition (1TB)

The Good Cheap; three interface connections; rapid data throughput; rugged Drop Guard Xtreme band protects drive from drops up to 7 feet; lightweight.

The Bad Doesn't come in capacities other than 1TB.

The Bottom Line In the latest version of its eGo Portable Mac Edition, Iomega adds dual FireWire 800 ports, USB 2.0, and a durable Drop Guard Xtreme band that shields the drive from the impact of falls (up to 7 feet). Also, Iomega made the drive even more affordable than the previous version. With its included array of data protection software, the Iomega Ego BlackBelt Mac Edition hard drive is sure to meet your storage needs.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Support 9.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Iomega eGo BlackBelt Mac Edition (1TB)

We recommended last year's version of the Iomega eGo Portable Mac Edition because of its impressive throughput speeds and a rugged design. Now the latest eGo BlackBelt version ups the device's capacity to 1TB for just $220 and adds an additional drop-protection measure that wraps the drive in a tough rubber enclosure. Now with physical protection from 7-foot drops and a useful backup software suite included, the Iomega eGo Portable Mac Edition is faster and cheaper than ever. If we haven't made ourselves clear enough, we firmly recommend this updated drive series.

Design and features
The eGo Portable Mac Edition is slightly larger than last year's model at 5.88 inches long by 3.75 inches wide by 0.93 inch thick, but the difference is unnoticeable unless you're carrying it around in a pocket. Instead of Iomega's classic glossy red, silver, and blue finishes, the eGo BlackBelt's exterior has a muted black glaze that gives the device a professional look. To keep it simple, Iomega offers the BlackBelt in only a 1TB capacity for $220, which keeps the drive's cost-per-gigabyte ratio lower than that of the competition.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $220
  • Brand Iomega Corp.
  • Capacity 1 TB
  • Hard Drive Type External hard drive
  • Interface Type IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) / Hi-Speed USB
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