The Good The Seagate GoFlex Turbo features USB 3.0, works with both Mac OS X and Windows without reformatting, and supports multiple connectivity types via swappable adapters. The drive offers fast performance and great flexibility, and includes one free data recovery attempt during its two-year warranty.
The Bad The GoFlex Turbo's USB 2.0 performance could be better. The drive is relatively expensive and its storage capacity caps at only 750GB, and the included Memeo backup software is slow, limited, and unintuitive.
The Bottom Line Similar to previous GoFlex portable drives, Seagate's GoFlex Turbo makes a great companion for any traveler with a laptop. Its added features, however, might not justify the higher estimated price.
|Seagate GoFlex Turbo||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||Seagate Expansion Portable Drive||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||$140 MSRP||$670 Jet.com||$150 Amazon.com||$150 Dell Home||$92 Amazon.com|
Seagate GoFlex Turbo
The GoFlex Turbo is much like the others in Seagate Technology's GoFlex family of portable drives, such as the GoFlex Ultra-portable or the GoFlex Pro, with one big difference: its internal drive now spins at 7,200rpm, increased from 5,400rpm or slower in the previous models. On top of that, it's the first portable drive from Seagate that comes with one free data recovery attempt included during its two-year warranty with a plan called SafetyNet.
Unlike the GoFlex Ultra-portable, the Turbo doesn't offer storage capacities larger than 750GB, making it very similar to the recently reviewed Hitachi Touro. The GoFlex Turbo is slightly more expensive than the Touro, at its estimated prices of $120 for the 500GB version and $140 for the 750GB version. To be fair, the drive was released today and external hard drives tend to be sold for less on the street than their suggested retail prices, soon after their release date.
At the current prices, however, the added spinning speed and the SafeNet data recovery service don't provide enough appeal to make the Turbo a better deal than the previous models. While it would make a great companion for a laptop, especially one that's USB 3.0-ready, until the GoFlex Turbo gets cheaper shoppers should also check out the Hitachi Touro and the previous GoFlex models for similar portable storage options that could be better deals.
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