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Freecom Hard Drive Sq review

A stylish 2TB hard drive for your front room

Freecom Hard Drive Sq
The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is designed to be good looking enough to be on display under your TV

TechRadar Verdict

Pros

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    Fast

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    Looks good

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    Can record TV

Cons

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    Expensive if you don't have the right TV

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    Needs external power

Most external hard drives are "functional, but" things. They're useful, but you wouldn't really call them stylish. The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is different though, with the name of the designer proudly displayed on the front of the box.

It's reasonably small, sleek and good looking, and is a perfect example of the changing role of external hard drives. While they once hid behind our PCs, diligently backing up and storing our files, they can now be found in our living rooms, recording our TV shows.

The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is a hard drive that can plug straight into a TV or set top box that supports straight to USB recording. Its prominent role in the house is reflected in the attention to design.

If you don't have a compatible TV or set top box, the 2TB capacity and USB 3.0 compatibility makes this a great choice for more standard external drive tasks. You can also buy 1TB or 3TB versions, for about £90 (about $140) or £160 (about $250) , respectively.

Verdict

Overall this is a well-designed and fast external hard drive which looks great and works well. If you have a TV that supports recording straight to USB devices then the drive can also work as a PVR - definitely worth the money.

Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.