The Iomega eGo range of portable storage devices are built around sturdy aluminium extrusions in a palm-friendly form that could be quite easily mistaken for a hip flask.

With hard-disk storage capacities going up and prices coming down it's now easier than ever to acquire the means to carry vast amounts of data on pocket-sized hard drives.

Iomega adds style to the equation with its new Iomega eGo range, built around sturdy aluminium extrusions in a palm-friendly form that could be quite easily mistaken for a little hip flask.

Seen here in an eye-catching scarlet red finish, the Iomega eGo is available as the USB 2.0-only model we tried, or a dual-interface model with FireWire for £10 premium. Inside this version was a Toshiba 2.5in 250GB 5400rpm HDD with 8MB cache.

The Iomega eGo ships with just a USB 'Y' cable (the extra USB type-A plug at the computer end enabling more power if the connected computer doesn't supply enough though a single bus), and a software licence for use with EMC Retrospect HD backup software.

This Windows-only program is not included with the Iomega eGo but is available to download from the internet.

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The Iomega eGo range of portable storage devices are built around sturdy aluminium extrusions in a palm-friendly form that could be quite easily mistaken for a hip flask.

Since portable drives will likely be subject to plenty of travel, Iomega has included what it calls DropGuard technology to the Iomega eGo.

Details were scant but it seems to be based around an internal cushion inside the case, said to allow the hard drive to survive a drop of up to 51in (about 1.3m). The dual interface models also gain DropShock technology, which seems to be a requirement of the hard disk intself to withstand certain levels of shock, whether in operational or non-operational use.

In tests, the Iomega eGo performed flawlessly, proving to be fast at both reading and writing files, and to be usefully very quiet in operation. It's advertised as being formatted to FAT32 by default, although our sample was setup for Mac HFS+, so required a quick format to be recognised by Windows.

The anodised finish is tough to withstand knocks, although we would have like to seen some sort of soft case included to help preserve its good looks against the knocks of being carried loose in a notebook bag.

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Iomega eGo USB 2.0 Red: Specs

  • 250GB
  • 218g
  • 133x89x19mm
  • USB powered
  • requires: Windows2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
  • USB 2.0 connector
  • 250GB
  • 218g
  • 133x89x19mm
  • USB powered
  • requires: Windows2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
  • USB 2.0 connector

OUR VERDICT

The Iomega eGo is a stylish, quiet and lightweight portable drive that is just the ticket for carrying a large amount of data. USB bus power means no unsightly power supplies are required. For the more colour conservative, also available in white or blue.

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