Toshiba Canvio Connect

The Good The compact Toshiba Canvio Connect Portable HDD offers decent performance and a generous set of bundled software, including Pogoplug PC, which turns a host computer into personal cloud server.

The Bad The drive is not compatible with some USB 2.0 ports and its current pricing is noticeably higher than that of its peers.

The Bottom Line If you're eager to try out Pogoplug PC, the Toshiba Canvio Connect is a good buy, especially if your computer supports USB 3.0. Otherwise, keep looking for better deals.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Good bundled software, for a price

The compact Toshiba Canvio Connect offers a lot more than just its internal storage space. The drive includes backup software for Windows, NTFS drivers that enable Macs to read and write to the Windows file system, and Pogoplug PC, software that turns the drive's host computer into a personal cloud storage server.

Though it's not the fastest drive, the Canvio Connect performed decently in my testing, both with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 -- with the exception that the drive didn't work with some USB 2.0 ports I tried it out with.

If you don't already have a Pogoplug subscription and want to use the service, the Toshiba Canvio Connect is an exciting portable drive to buy, especially if your computer supports USB 3.0. Otherwise, at the suggested prices of $99, $110, $130, $170, and $190 for 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB capacities, respectively, the drive is significantly more expensive than its peers; you should probably wait for its price to come down. For alternatives, check out this list of excellent portable drives.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $170
  • Brand Toshiba
  • Color Category red
  • Capacity 1.5 TB
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Buffer Size 8 MB
  • Average Seek Time 12 ms
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
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