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.