The Good Easy-to-use security keypad; integrated USB cord; includes extra power plug; quick transfer speeds.
The Bad Boring design; no FireWire support; expensive cost per gigabyte.
The Bottom Line We're impressed by the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive's burly security features and rigorous performance results, but the bloated price tag prevents us from recommending it to anyone other than business consumers. If you're shopping for an external hard drive, competing drives give you a cheaper cost per gigabyte in a fancier package.
|Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||WD My Passport portable drive||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||$160 MSRP||$165 Amazon.com||$130 Dell Home||$150 Dell Home||$92 Amazon.com|
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive
Editors' note: The final rating of this review has been updated to reflect a discrepancy in calculation. None of the individual scores have changed.
The 320GB Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive's is an external hard drive that takes a tactile approach to security; users must input a passcode on the built-in keypad before the drive will let them access its contents. We like that the drive has an integrated USB 2.0 cable, but the rest of the case is an eyesore, especially compared with other stylishly thin external drives. The upside is that Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure registered chart-topping performance results, but the increased transfer speeds come at a price. The $219 retail price is worth it for people who value security and performance over flashy design, but the budget-minded consumer can pay less and get a thinner, attractive drive with more storage space.
Design and features
The Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive isn't one of the prettiest drives to enter CNET Labs. The chassis is covered with the same soft rubber that's become an IBM/Lenovo staple and four nonskid antivibration pads are stuck to the bottom of the drive to prevent it from slipping around your work space. The drive also houses an integrated USB 2.0 cord that tucks neatly into a cutout on the right side. The cord is only a couple of inches long, but Lenovo also includes an extension cord if you need more slack. The drive is entirely powered by the USB bus, but Lenovo covers its bases and includes a supplemental power port and plug to provide additional power as needed. Unfortunately, the drive does not support a FireWire connection
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