Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition 500GB review

A speedy drive that offers value for money if speed is more important that capacity

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  • Speedy 7200rpm HDD
  • Drop Guard protection
  • FireWire and USB


  • Expensive for 500GB

Although Iomega's Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition costs a little more than most 500GB drives, you're getting a lot for your money. With brushed aluminium sides and black plastic base and top, it looks great next to your iMac or Apple Display.

The hard drive itself is a speedy 7200rpm model, which tops the the more common 5400rpm HDDs used in most portable drives, and it boasts both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. A FW400- to-800 cable is included, along with a standard FW800 lead, and the USB cable has two Type A plugs for when extra power is needed.

Like most recent Iomega drives, it comes supplied with a downloadable suite of applications. You get a 12-month free subscription to Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac, MozyHome Online Backup (2GB free) and Iomega's own QuikProtect backup software.

You also get a Drop Guard case, which protects the drive against falls of up to seven feet, and if you download the Iomega encryption application, you can protect your data with AES 256-bit security.

The 7200rpm drive proved its worth in our benchmarking tests, where it achieved random read/write speeds of 11.175/16.519MB/s under FireWire 800, and 11.326/12.491MB/s with USB.

Our only reservation is the price. The Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB is twice the capacity and costs less. That's not to say Iomega's is poor value for money. Far from it. But if you don't need the higher transfer speeds, you're probably better off with a larger capacity or a cheaper drive.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Buffer8 MB
Product FamilyeGo
Brand NameLenovoEMC
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity500 GB
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0, FireWire/i.LINK 800
Height19 mm
Width90 mm
Depth135 mm
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model35412
Product NameeGo Hard Drive
Product LineeGo
Manufacturer Part Number35412
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, Mac Edition has great style and triple interface connections for Mac users! Two FireWire 800 and one USB 2.0 port combined with high-performance 7200 RPM disks offer industry leading performance and connectivity. The included Drop Guard Case helps protect the drive from drops up to 2.1m. Keep your files secure with built-in 256-bit hardware encryption. Plus, the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive requires no external power supply and includes Iomega Protection Suite, Mac Edition software via easy download.

Package Contents
  • eGo Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0/Power Cable
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • FW800-FW400 Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)240 g