We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Storage Devices Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Verbatim Portable Hard Drive USB 500GB review

£99 inc VAT for 500GB version

Manufacturer: Verbatim

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive USB packs a huge 500GB hard disk inside its modest proportions.

The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive USB packs a huge 500GB hard disk inside its modest proportions, in this case supplied by Samsung. Four other version are available at 120, 160, 250 and 320GB unformatted capacities. Unlike Fujitsu's offering, however, this Verbatim is conspicuously noisier in use and when idling on the desktop. Not loud, but certainly noticeable.

Verbatim has also chosen to house its drive in a plastic case, yet the 500GB Verbatim Portable Hard Drive feels, well, plasticky. Just picking it up, it feels creaky and hollow. Left untouched, its looks may win more favours in its sculpted finish, but whether it keeps its looks is another matter. There's no carry pouch of any description in the package, and the spray-on faux-metal finish will easily scratch off after coming into contact with everyday objects in the laptop case.

On the rear, where many such portable drives feature additional power inputs, the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive 500GB has but one port for its USB mini-B connector. This gives it cleaner lines, but users of PCs or laptops that don't provide full voltage through their USB ports may experience difficulties in getting this model running. In our tests, however, all three drives worked every time using just the power from one USB port of our test laptop.

In speed tests, it averaged 32.5MBps read time, and 20.4MBps write, on a par with the Fujitsu model we recently tested.

Visit Business Advisor for the latest business IT news, reviews, tips and tricks - plus sign up for our unique and FREE business IT newsletter

Visit Digital World for the latest home entertainment news and reviews

Verbatim Portable USB Hard Drive Expert Verdict »

500GB USB external drive (320GB and 250GB also available)
Samsung Serial ATA HDD
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Its looks may appeal, but up close the Verbatim doesn't quite have the feel of quality we'd like to see. It's also a little noisier than the Fujitsu, but its lower price may appeal.

  • Verbatim SureFire FireWire 800/USB review

    Verbatim SureFire FireWire 800/USB

    The Verbatim SureFire FireWire 800/USB portable hard drive offers impressive read/write speeds.

  • Verbatim Portable Hard Drive review

    Verbatim Portable Hard Drive

    The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive is a lightweight USB 2.0 external storage device with a scratch-resistant plastic chassis.

  • Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500 review

    Fujitsu HandyDrive-IV 500

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

  • Amacom ezSecure review

    Amacom ezSecure

    The Amacom ezSecure is a lockable external USB drive using a 2.5in SATA HDD.

  • Fujitsu LifeBook N6460 laptop PC

    Fujitsu LifeBook N6460 laptop PC

    Like its predecessor, the LifeBook N6420, Fujitsu's new flagship desktop replacement laptop spoils graphics professionals with a stunning work environment and tons of storage. But the newer Fujitsu LifeBook N6460 is also a better entertainment unit.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......