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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Not very fancy look­ing, the Ar­mor A80, a por­ta­ble hard drive from Taipei-based Sil­i­con Power, is nev­er­the­less well suited to In­dian con­di­tions. It is dust-proof first of all, re­sists liq­uid spills and is cer­ti­fied shock­proof to US mil­i­tary stan­dards (for one, it can sur­vive falls on con­crete floors from a height of about 1.5 m—we didn’t try to cor­rob­o­rate this). But the A80’s strength is its read/write speeds. We plugged it in (two con­ve­nient USB links are pro­vided) and a huge cache of data was trans­ferred within no time. With its USB 3.0 in­ter­face, the trans­fer rate prom­ises to touch su­per speeds, mak­ing it an ef­fi­cient medium for to­ing-and-fro­ing gigs and gigs of in­for­ma­tion be­tween de­vices. Even with USB 2.0, it of­fers a write speed of

480 Mb/sec­ond. It is, thus, a good aide for com­puter users.

It also comes ac­com­pa­nied by the SP Wid­get, which al­lows sync­ing and back-up of data, en­cryp­tion of in­for­ma­tion and anti-virus pro­tec­tion—though ad­mit­tedly only for a trial pe­riod.

Sil­i­con Power’s Class 10 SDHC card too is a quick worker and is es­pe­cially meant for use with cam­eras. Pro­longed use of con­tin­u­ous shots in a DSLR did not de­ter the card from record­ing the pixel data that was be­ing cre­ated in quick time. At no time, did it lag even when taxed with a string of im­ages of 6-8 MB, each clicked in mi­cro-sec­onds’ suc­ces­sion. And with 32 GB of stor­age space, it is a great help to both pro­fes­sion­als and ama­teurs.

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