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WD MyBook Premium ES edition

So good we had to had to have another look

WD has kept faith with the 'MyBook' design

Our Verdict

The best eSATA drive around right now

For

  • Good looking

    Decent value

Against

  • Lack of flexibility

We've looked at the MyBook before. In fact, we can't seem to stop looking at it. It's a brilliant piece of kit: lovely looking case, spinning blue lights on the front, hidden morse code messages in the ventilation holes - everything you could want from an external drive.

It also tested a tad faster than the other units we tested, although this is likely because our 1TB Hitachi Deskstar test drive sacrifices a little speed for its absurd capacity.

Purchasing a pre-built external drive isn't something to be ashamed of, despite the new simplicity of assembling the construction yourself.

The cheapest we could find a 500GB WD Caviar drive (similar to that contained within the MyBook) was £85. Add to that the price of an enclosure, and the MyBook shines. Ignore the mild lack of flexibility, because this is probably the best eSATA drive out there right now.