Samsung G2

The Good Inexpensive, low power consumption; small footprint; bedazzled case design; three-year warranty.

The Bad Included backup and password protection software doesn't support Mac OS.

The Bottom Line With its embossed cover and rainbow of colorful designs, the Samsung G2 Portable hard drive is a consumer-focused external hard drive that offers the most basic plug-and-play storage functionality. You don't get many extras, but impressive benchmark scores, a competitive cost-per-gigabyte, and a generous three-year warranty demonstrate its core competency and earn this drive our CNET recommendation.

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

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Review

Samsung G2

The G2 Portable, along with the recently reviewed S2, is the latest series to enter Samsung's family of 2.5-inch external hard drives. Samsung offers both the G2 and S2 drives in capacities up to 640GB, but only the G2 carries the EcoTriangle label to indicate low power consumption and minimal noise emission. The 500GB black version ($89) Samsung sent us for testing blasted through our throughput tests with high marks in both read and write scores, while fashionistas and designers alike will appreciate its glittered chassis. Coupled with an affordable cost per gigabyte, the Samsung G2 Portable hard drive earns our recommendation for anyone in need of a basic external hard drive.

Design and features
The G2 is slightly thinner than the S2 Portable at 3 inches wide, 4 inches long, and less than an inch thick, although both fit easily into a jacket pocket. The weight of the device varies slightly according to capacity, but most travelers won't have a problem with its size, especially if the drive winds up in a carry-on bag or a laptop case in transit.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Color Category black
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Hard Drive Type External hard drive
  • Interface Type USB
  • Form Factor 2.5 in
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