EL­E­GANT STOR­AGE

Sea­gate Seven

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

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.

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