We generally don't describe a portable hard drive as beautiful, but the Seagate Seven is an exception. Made svelte at only 7mm thin, the stainless steel-encased hard drive is easy on the eyes as it is good in the hand. When we first picked it up, we were surprised at the weight, given that it feels heavier than it looks. But at only 178g, it is still lighter than most portable offerings.
Everything about the Seven screams premium quality. Despite being thin and portable, its casing conveys a message of toughness, durability, and reliability. There are no buttons on the drive, only a single LED indicator and a Micro-USB 3.0 port.
Inside is 500GB of spinning platter formatted for ex-FAT, which works well with both Mac and Windows PCs. Although a solid state drive would be a more fashionable choice, we understand that it would be prohibitively expensive.
Also bundled with the drive is Seagate Dashboard, a utility that backs up your data, and lets you share photos and videos to (and from) social media.
But looks isn't everything. With a USB 3.0 interface, we expected performance from the Seven as well. What we experienced was transfer speeds of approximately 110MB/s read and write, which is up there with some of the best.
We could see the Seven as our everyday carry option. It is slim enough to fit a pocket, tough enough to withstand the daily grind, and goodlooking enough to be shown off – not a to mention a fitting accessory for those svelte notebooks or tablets.
The price is a little on the high end though, but you get the value back in its design. Plus, it comes with a 3-year warranty, which is more than most non-premium portable drives could boast about. There's nothing else quite like the Seagate Seven in the market today.