The Good Triple-layered chassis protection; cheap; quick transfer speeds; convenient one-touch backup; two-year warranty.
The Bad No FireWire port.
The Bottom Line The Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile stomps the competition and lives to fight another day, thanks to its rugged military-grade exterior. It also delivers chart topping transfer speeds and offers the cheapest cost per gigabyte on the market today. We fully recommend this tough little drive.
|Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Expansion Portable Drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||$80 MSRP||$209 Amazon.com||$130 Dell Home||$150 Amazon.com||$92 Amazon.com|
Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile
Thanks to its military-grade ruggedized exterior, the 320GB Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile($95) is the ideal solution for on-the-go digital pack rats who don't want to baby their gadgets. It incorporates three layers of antishock protection and conforms to military-grade drop standards, meaning you won't have to worry about losing your data as it's rolling around in your bag. In addition to the tough exterior, the drive also stands out as the top finisher in our HDD speed and cost per gigabyte tests. As usual, though, the drive is lacking FireWire, which is the only hiccup that prevents us from awarding it our Editors' Choice award. If you're a strict USB 2.0 user and are rough with your toys, your search will end with the Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile.
Design and features
The Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile isn't the first external drive to get the rugged treatment. In July of 2008, we were smitten with the Iomega eGo Camo that withstood a drop at 51 inches above the ground and still worked perfectly. The difference between that model and the StoreJet 25 Mobile is that the eGo relied on a removable Power Grip band to protect the device, while the StoreJet 25 Mobile's protection is built into the chassis. In fact, Transcend boasts that the drive meets the U.S. military's drop-test standards, although we don't suggest you intentionally abuse it to test that claim.
The 2.5-inch internal hard disk is protected by three stages of shock protection: the first layer wraps the drive in a silicone shell to absorb vibrations, the second suspends the hard drive within a tight bracket, and the third layer reinforces the vibration resistance with a thick rubber casing surrounding the drive. Unfortunately, the single USB port on top of the drive remains uncovered and susceptible to dust and other particles floating around.