CNET First Look
The Seagate Slim is a truly slim portable driveCNET editor Dong Ngo approves of the performance and the name of the new Seagate Slim portable drive, and makes sure the rest of us know how to call a spade a spade to keep our identities straight.
Hi, guys. Dong Ngo here and this is the all-new Seagate Slim portable drive. Now, there's been many slim drive on the market and this is actually the second from Seagate itself, succeeding the GoFlex Slim that came out two years ago. Of all of them, Seagate does have my type of slim because take a look here, the two drives they are very, very thin. Other drives on the market, not so much. For example, this WD My Passport Slim right here, it's slim a little bit because for now, it's almost double the thickness of the Seagate drive. That said, the new Seagate Slim is as slim as its older brother but now is also much shorter, that's because it doesn't use the old detachable adapter design anymore and that means you cannot use it with any connection type you want such as FireWire or SRR but just USB. The drive supports USB 3.0 but also work with USB 2.0 and all you need is this cable right here to make it work. Other insight, the new slim drive here has a 500 GB internal hard drive that spins at 5400 RPM. Now, this is not the fastest spinning speed of a hard drive but in my testing, the drive is actually very fast, offering up to 110 megabyte per second of real-world sustained copy speed. That's as fast as any USB portable drive can offer. At that speed, you can finish the entire 500 gigabyte in just about an hour and a half. Now, the fast performance is not the only cool thing about the new drive here. It also come with very good software on Seagate Dashboard. Dashboard is a great backup solution for home user and also come with software driver to make the drive here work cross platform. For example, this one here is pretty formatted for Windows but it comes with driver to make and might work with it both read and write. Similarly, if you buy a slim for Mac, it also comes with a driver to make any Windows computer to access the Mac drive seamlessly. And that means a driver is a great joy for a mixed Windows and Mac environment. The new Seagate Slim is available in just one capacity of 500 GB and cost just $60, a very good deal if you ask me. So, one downside though, it comes with just a 2-year warranty and not a 3 or 5-year. You can find out more on the drive at my full review at cnet.com but the takeaway is you see that's surely good and slim portable drive. I hope that vendors will learn how to call a spade a spade and not naming their products something they're not. For the rest of you guys out there, do not even think of naming yourself D-O-N-G. I know it's tempting but really, you're not I-O-D-N. And that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the Seagate Slim portable drive.