The Imation Apollo UX is a tiny external 500GB hard drive.
Like policemen getting younger, it's an inescapable fact of life that storage is getting smaller. But how can an external USB drive, taking a 2.5in notebook hard disk, possibly get any smaller?
The Imation Apollo UX is barely bigger than a raw 2.5in notebook drive. The secret is in the shuffling around of extra electronics. Modern hard disks talk SATA, while your laptop or PC prefers to talk the language of USB with external peripherals.
To bridge the language gap, most external USB drives have a small circuit board which sits at one end of the hard disk. Imation would seem to have found a way to keep all the Imation Apollo UX's gubbins inside the disk shell itself, then encapsulated that disk mechanism in 2mm-thick soft black rubber. This soft wrapping can pick up dust and fluff rather easily though.
At just 110mm long, 77mm wide and 16mm thick, the Imation Apollo UX is the smallest USB hard drive we've seen. But inside is a 500GB hard disk, providing huge amounts of storage for its size.
There's just one small USB port on one end, and a blue LED glows from within to show when it's powered up and flashes when in use. The Imation Apollo UX is also blissfully quiet and free of noticeable vibration.
In our speed tests, the Imation Apollo UX performed well, showing average read speeds of 28.2MB/s in HDTach, and writing at 22.1MB/s. In burst tests, it could hit 35MB/s.
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