Toshiba Can­vio Con­nect

Trendy Con­nec­tive Stor­age

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TexT // ChonG Jinn Wei

We still re­mem­ber the days of old when 1GB was a whole lot of stor­age. To­day, a hard drive can store a lot more than that. Toshiba’s line of Can­vio por­ta­ble hard drives pro­vides cus­tomers with am­ple stor­age ca­pac­ity and ef­fi­cient read/write speeds. This month, we got to try out its lat­est prod­uct, the Can­vio Con­nect, a por­ta­ble hard drive that al­lows you to backup and share dig­i­tal con­tent from any lo­ca­tion.

Aes­thet­i­cally speak­ing, the Can­vio Con­nect has a fresh, trendier de­sign than most por­ta­ble hard drives. With up to five vari­ants: Blue, Red, White, Black and Grey, users are spoilt for choice when it comes to choos­ing the color that suits them best. The en­tire ex­te­rior of the Can­vio Con­nect is cov­ered en­tirely by a glossy ma­te­rial, ex­cept for the rub­ber grip edges. Sturdy con­struc­tion aside, the drive is also very small and light, mak­ing it easy to carry around.

There is a mi­croUSB port on one end of the Can­vio Con­nect, which is com­pat­i­ble with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 stan­dards. The drive comes pre-for­mat­ted in NTFS, al­low­ing for easy file trans­fer on Win­dows PCs. Al­though the drive is also com­pat­i­ble with Mac PCs, users will need to down­load the ‘Tux­era NTFS for Mac’ soft­ware, which is al­ready in­cluded in the Can­vio Con­nect. Af­ter that has been con­fig­ured, you can even back up file from your Mac us­ing Time Ma­chine.

Be­sides its aes­thet­ics, the Can­vio Con­nect also comes with a rather nifty fea­ture, the ‘Con­nect’ part of the name de­rives from the fact that it comes with Pogo Plug PC, a soft­ware that turns the drive’s host PC into a per­sonal cloud server as long as the ma­chine is con­nected to the In­ter­net. This al­lows users to ac­cess data stored within the Can­vio Con­nect re­motely via a mo­bile app, as long as the drive is con­nected to the PC.

Mov­ing on to our per­for­mance test, we ran a num­ber of trans­fer speed tests to gauge the per­for­mance of the Can­vio Con­nect. Th­ese tests were done us­ing a PC’s USB 3.0 port, with 1GB worth of data trans­ferred in one minute and 18 sec­onds and 4GB dealt within five min­utes and 18 sec­onds. Th­ese speed tests speak for them­selves, show­ing that that Can­vio Con­nect is more than ca­pa­ble of trans­fer­ring files fairly fast, mak­ing it ideal for users who work with large files.

Be­ing small, stylish and large in ca­pac­ity, the Toshiba Can­vio Con­nect is an ideal por­ta­ble hard drive to store your files. Thanks to Po­go­plug PC, users can essen­tially turn their PC into a pseudo NAS to store and ac­cess their files ef­fi­ciently. In ad­di­tion to its use­ful fea­tures, the Can­vio Con­nect also pro­vides users with above av­er­age per­for­mance when trans­fer­ring their files. This hard drive is also ideal for those who are con­stantly on the move and are al­ways in the need for more por­ta­ble stor­age space.

AT A GLANCE Ca­PaC­iTy 500GB hDD 2.5-inch SATA TyPe Ex­ter­nal in­Ter­faCe USB 3.0, USB 2.0 com­pat­i­ble PriCe RM179

sPeC­i­fi­Ca­Tions Col­ors Red, Blue, Black, White, Grey // os re­qUire­MenTs Mi­crosoft Win­dows 8, Win­dows 7, Win­dows XP; Mac OS X Snow Leop­ard, Lion, Moun­tain Lion // War­ranTy 3-years // Con­TaCT Am­ble Ac­tion Sdn Bhd, Servex (M) Sdn Bhd // Tele­Phone (03) 7968 6899, (03) 8024 6688 // Url www.pc.toshiba-asia.com

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