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.
With the MPD-AP20U at your side, you'll be able to tackle most of your optical storage tasks while on the go.
If you need the fast throughput of a locally connected RAID array, the LaCie Biggest FW800 is a good choice, but if you don't mind the slower transfer speeds of Ethernet, a NAS RAID array can be less expensive and offer more features.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is worth every penny of its hefty price tag, but only to those needing a super-fast and compact storage device.
The Samsung Wireless is the best mobile device for media streaming and data backup, but only Android users need apply.
The Corsair Neutron makes a great entry-level SSD thanks to its above-entry-level performance and relatively friendly pricing.
For those who need to ensure that their data will survive disasters, the IoSafe SoloPro is one of a few, if not the only, worthwhile options on the market. General users, however, won't find much appeal in it.
The Hitachi SimpleTough is by far the most indestructible external hard drive we've tested, capable of surviving drops of up to 10 feet and up to one ton of pressure. With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive three-year warranty, we have no issue recommending this external hard drive to shoppers looking for space and security.
If slow and steady wins the race, the Plextor gets the gold. But though it has redeeming virtues, the PlexWriter was outperformed by lower-rated CD-RW drives.
The Disk Station DS410 is one of the most affordable four-bay full-feature NAS servers on the market. While it's overwhelming for novice home users, advanced users will also find it to be one of the best RAID 5-capable NAS servers for their home or small business environments.
Home users, especially fashion buffs, will find a lot of appeal in the LaCie Network Space 2 because of its appearance and ease of use. But savvy users will find it lacking, both in performance and in features.
If you can afford the comparatively high price, the new drive is a great replacement for that old hard drive inside your aging computer.
When you balance out the price and performance, this is the best next-gen disc player on the market -- any movie fan with an Xbox 360 and an HD Ready TV should seriously consider buying one. There are one or two minor niggles, and the styling is slightly odd, but overall this is an excellent product for those looking to get into hi-def
The MyBook World is a fully-featured NAS drive with massive storage and a handy remote access feature -- pity about the noise.
While we have concerns about how the Atom processor will hold up in a high throughput or large multi-user environment, the QNAP TS-559 Pro is incredibly featured and cements QNAP's lead as the NAS manufacturer du jour.
The LaCie Christofle Sphere is definitely not a storage device that you need, but rather something you want for its great look and fast performance.
Connected Data announces the Drobo Gen 3 storage solution that promises to offers three times the speed of previous model. The device supports USB 3.0 and comes with a friendlier price tag compared with previous generations.
If style is as important as performance to you, the Drive SSD is the portable drive you've been saving for.