Several technology companies throughout history have been defined by a single product. Microsoft gained worldwide fame with Windows 95, Intel's Pentium processor took the company to a new level, and many would argue that the iPod saved Apple from a premature fate. The storage company Iomega became famous in 1994 for the Zip drive, a hard drive-based storage system that filled the capacity gap between floppy disks and the rewritable optical disk that followed a few years later.
Although Iomega is not as well a household name as it was a decade ago, Iomega still produces several consumer products that cover a wide range of storage and networking needs. Today we're taking a look at the eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, one of the latest additions to the Iomega portable storage line.
The eGo arrived in a small black box with a photo of the drive on the front and not much more on the back. Inside, we found the drive itself, a quick start guide, and a single USB 3.0 cable. The cable is approximately 2 "long with one end having a Micro-B connector and the other end terminating in two standard USB connectors. Iomega includes two connectors in case your older computer can't power the drive from a single USB 2.0 connector. However, the drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0, although transfer rates inevitably reflect this.
The case is available in four different colors: Ruby Red, BlackBelt, Charcoal and Midnight Blue. All colors come in 500GB and 1TB capacities, with the exception of the Charcoal version, which strangely lacks the 1TB option, and the BlackBelt is the only one to host a 1.5TB drive. We received the 1TB Midnight Blue model, which looks great, although the glossy blue finish is undoubtedly prone to fingerprint stains.
The drive is wrapped in Power Grip tape that is reminiscent of the old Cingular logo. A single Micro-B USB 3.0 port and LED status indicator are located on the top of the drive. The band is made up of tiny flakes of metal that look more like unsightly particles than aesthetic amplifiers. The soft rubber material could also provide light shock protection. It's easily removable which is a plus as it tends to be a magnet for lint and other debris.
The Iomega eGo's USB 3.0 support provides faster performance, but it also offers the ability to power the drive from a single USB 3.0 port. This is an important achievement if you plan to carry the drive around frequently. We'll cover the performance in more detail on the next page.