Iomega eGo review:

Iomega eGo

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MSRP: $139.95
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Very stylish casing; bus-powered; includes backup software for Windows users; good read/write speeds.

The Bad No backup software for Mac users; phone support costs $25 per incident.

The Bottom Line If you love flashy toys, the Iomega eGo is for you. It's a fast and stylish drive, but Mac users get left out when it comes to backup.

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7.3 Overall
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 5.0

<p><i><b>Editor's note:</b> We recently retested the Iomega eGo after the manufacturer noted that our write test speeds were much slower than its tests predicted. We tested a new unit and have changed the review accordingly.</i></p> <p> The Iomega eGo portable hard drive sports a stylish look and compact size. It's currently offered in just one capacity--160GB--but it's available in two colors, red and silver. The look and feel of this drive is impressive. The anodized-aluminum-and-polished-steel case resembles a flask and we find ourselves wanting to handle it constantly. But looks aren't everything; performance is important too. Happily, this drive performs as well as it looks. If you're looking for a stylish, flashy drive with fast read/write speeds, this $130 drive is a great choice.</p><p> <!-- geekbox --> </p><div align="center"> <table width="389" bgcolor="#000000" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" border="0"><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Drive type</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">Portable, external</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Connector options</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">USB 2.0</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Available capacities</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">160GB</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Drive speed</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">5,400RPM</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Cache</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">8MB</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Dimensions (LWH)</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">5.25 x 3.5 x 0.75 inches</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Notable design features</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">None</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">OSes supported</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">Windows 2000 Pro, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista; Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Software included</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">EMC Retrospect (for PC only)</span></td> </tr><tr bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><td><span class="v1">Service and support</span></td> <td align="center"><span class="v1">One-year limited warranty; pay-per-incident phone support ($25): weekdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; Iomega site includes live one-on-one Web chat, forums, FAQs, software downloads, product documentation, and how-to videos.</span></td> </tr></table></div> <!-- /geekbox --><br> The Iomega eGo was one of the fastest portable hard drives we've tested over USB. It wrote a 10GB folder of mixed file types in 9 minutes, 54 seconds. The Seagate FreeAgent Go wrote the same folder in 10 minutes, 33 seconds. The Iomega eGo read back that same folder to the testbed drive in 8 minutes, 11 seconds; the FreeAgent Go took just a few more seconds to do the job.<br><!-- perf chart --><div align="center"> <div style="width: 377px; text-align: left" class="u2"><b class="g4">Portable hard drive read/write tests</b><br>(Shorter bars indicate better performance)<br><table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" border="0"><tr><td><div style="background: #363; width: 8px; height: 8px"><img src="/b.gif" width="1" height="1" alt=""></div></td> <td><span class="a1">Read</span></td><td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td><div style="background: #696; width: 8px; height: 8px"><img src="/b.gif" width="1" height="1" alt=""></div></td> <td><span class="a1">Write</span></td><td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> </tr></table></div> <div style="border: solid 1px #666; background: #FFF; width: 377px; text-align: left"> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><a href="" class="g4">LaCie Rugged All-Terrain HD (FW400)</a></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 179px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">10:25</b>&nbsp;</div> <div class="m1" style="background: #696; width: 161px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">09:24</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFC"> <b class="u2"><span class="g4">Iomega eGo (USB)</span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 140px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">08:11</b>&nbsp;</div> <div class="m1" style="background: #696; width: 170px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">09:54</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><a href="" class="g4">Seagate FreeAgent Go (USB)</a></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 148px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">08:38</b>&nbsp;</div> <div class="m1" style="background: #696; width: 181px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">10:33</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><a href="" class="g4">Western Digital Passport (USB)</a></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 149px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">08:42</b>&nbsp;</div> <div class="m1" style="background: #696; width: 343px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">20:00</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- /perf chart --> <div align="center"><div style="margin-top: 3px; width: 377px; text-align: left" class="u2"><i><b>Note:</b> * Drive name (tested connection)</i></div></div>

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