The Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 is an inexpensive 500GB external hard drive.

In the past few months, we've seen the size of the largest notebook hard drives expand up to 500GB. That's quite a landmark, representing half a terrabyte of mobile storage! The opportunity hasn't been wasted on makers of external storage either, who are now offering 500GB portable drives with these 2.5in Serial ATA disks inside.

Fujitsu not only makes the Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 case, it makes its own hard disks for others, such as the drive in the impressively secure Amacom ezSecure. Fujitsu's HandyDrive range may not be made from metal, but the finished result is still very classy, in a semi-opaque gloss black plastic top and gunmetal-coloured plastic bottom. Two separate rubber stoppers on the back keep dust from the USB mini-B and optional power input ports.

Included in the Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 package is a very well finished real leather wallet, a useful accessory that will help keep the drive free of scratches when it's thrown into the bottom of a laptop case.

The Fujitsu HandyDrive is also nearly silent in operation, a remarkable feat for such a capacious drive. The HDD itself is said be shock resistant, able to withstand a drop of 700mm, although Fujitsu doesn't offer any official guarantee of this facility.

It may only feature a 4200rpm HDD, somewhat slow by today's standard of 5400rpm, but the Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 turned out a respectable 33.1MBps average read speed.

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Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500: Specs

  • 500GB USB external drive
  • Fujitsu 4200rpm Serial ATA HDD
  • 142x82x22mm
  • 210g
  • 500GB USB external drive
  • Fujitsu 4200rpm Serial ATA HDD
  • 142x82x22mm
  • 210g

OUR VERDICT

The Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 is a smart and tidy product, simply finished but exuding quality where many rivals seem cheap to the touch.

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