Our review of the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB external hard drive comes at a time when technology giants are looking at other ways of hoarding content. Sure, it doesn’t get more portable than cloud storage. But not everyone’s onto it for security reasons or because cloud lockers aren’t as widespread as yet or otherwise. We’re including the crowd that keeps wondering ‘What if my data goes poof! into thin air?’ So companies like Seagate, WD and Toshiba will continue to slip in as many external hard drives as possible in the mean time. Which is why reviewing the GoFlex Slim is not the worst idea we could have in a dynamically changing tech scenario.
Upon grasping the sleek peripheral in hand, you could almost be fooled into thinking it’s a sleek touchscreen phone with an unfortunately wide girth. The 7mm 7200RPM SATA drive hidden inside the chassis lets it stand as short as 9mm with a smug smile on its face. Pinching it between the fingers shows the casing to be pliable and there’s the company logo stamped on one side of it. Justifying the FreeAgent part of the product name, it sports a removable interface to enable connectivity with other products from the brand. When Seagate said it was meant to put the word ‘portable’ to shame or something along those lines, they clearly meant it. It’s also an easy way of waving away complaints about the limited amount of storage by keeping within the mobile usage boundaries. We mean, who could argue against that reasoning?
If you leave the precious dimensions aside for a bit and check how much the hardware will hurt the wallet as compared to others, Seagate’s going to feel a little sulky for sure. Walking down the Amazon aisle in search of portable hard drive alternatives, you’ll come upon the 1TB Toshiba Plus Canvio for around $95, the 1TB WD My Passport Essential or the 750GB HP offerings for $89.99 apiece. All three come with the USB 3.0 interface, in case you’re wondering. Somehow, that almost $86 bill expected on the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB does not allow it to appear so attractively skinny anymore. It seems to go on a very strict hoarding diet from this angle.
We tested the drive on a notebook running the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS with 4GB RAM and a 1.75GHz Intel Core i7 processor. When a PC flaunts a USB 3.0 port, you’ll see that the drive is quick to declare a connection to it as soon as you plug it in. It took less than half a minute to transfer a 1.36GB folder from the Seagate GoFlex Slim to laptop and vice versa. Our reckoning puts the read rate at an average of 70MB/s and the write speed at approximately 51MB/s. Apart from this, there’s the Seagate Dashboard tool for handling backups, file encryption and viewing drive capacity. We also noted the temperature remained noticeably cool even after long hours of dangling from our notebook.
Convenient portability is GoFlex Slim’s highlighted feature and we can’t see why it shouldn’t be so with the 4.9” x 3” x 0.35” dimensions and around 270gm weight.
When you get a Mac with Thunderbolt, people complain that there isn’t a wide choice of supporting peripherals as yet. When more and more manufacturers take to plugging USB 3.0 ports into PCs, it’s a good thing the list of peripherals doesn’t look short. This Seagate hard drive just extended it by another device.
It’s great that Seagate doesn’t insist on us formatting this piece of hardware for use between Windows and Mac computers.
After the price comparisons, 320GB of storage for the attached tag may sound marginally steep to at least a handful of people.
If the Rs. 4,500 price label tied to the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB hard drive is not a dampener, you’re good to go in terms of mobile storage fitted into a comfortably slim shell. This FreeAgent member earns an 8.8 out of 10 rating from us for being a staunch supporter of hoarders on the go of the Speedy USB 3.0 Fanclub.