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SimpleTech Signature Mini


$230.00 Released July, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Very small, can fit in coat pocket. Nice design by Ferrari designer Pininfarina comes in 9 different colors. USB 2.0 powered with extra AC outlet.

The Cons:Ac adapter sold separately. Unknown brand. Easy to scuff up.

The SimpleTech Signature Mini is an external USB 2.0 hard drive that comes in an elegant design with an assortment of colors and capacities to choose from. The drive can fit in a coat pocket as it is extremely compact at roughly 3 x 5 x 1 inches with a weight of less than 6 ounces.

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Product Shot 2 A USB 2.0 'Y' cable is included which has two connectors for the PC end just in case one isn't providing enough power. In some situations even two USB connections isn't enough so there is an AC outlet on the back; AC adapter is sold separately. A backup utility called Fabrik Local Backup is included and can be configured to automatically backup any file type from any location on the computer. An added feature with SimpleTech drives is an online backup option called Fabrik Ultimate Backup, which gives you a free online account that can automatically backup up to 2GB of data. The program runs in the background and can be configured to backup various files from various locations or folders. An unlimited data backup option is also available as well at a cost of roughly five dollars a month. These drives are preformatted with the NTFS file system for Windows XP and Vista which makes them plug & play. Mac users however will need to reformat the drive before using.

Features

  • USB 2.0 Connection
  • Capacity: 160GB - 500GB
  • Colors: Blueberry(160GB) - Black Cherry(320GB) - Kiwi(250GB) - Bubblegum(250GB) - Marshmallow(250GB) - Espresso(120GB or 500GB) - Cool Mint(250GB) - Ice(250GB) - Cayenne(250GB)
  • Spindle Speed: 5400 RPM
  • USB 'Y' cable included
  • AC port included, AC adapter sold separately
  • Fabrik Local Backup software included/Fabrik Ultimate Backup online account up to 2GB included(unlimited storage requires monthly fee of five dollars)
  • Preformatted for Windows XP and Vista, Mac OS X requires reformat

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Pros
  • 3

    Very small, can fit in coat pocket

  • 2

    Nice design by Ferrari designer Pininfarina comes in 9 different colors

  • 2

    USB 2.0 powered with extra AC outlet

  • 2

    laptop drive - quieter, lighter, uses less power and is more mobile (smaller) than desktop equivalents

  • 1

    3-year warranty

  • 1

    pre-formatted with NTFS - faster, smarter than the more common FAT32 standard

  • 1

    compatible with PC and Mac

Cons
  • 2

    Ac adapter sold separately

  • 1

    unknown brand

  • 1

    easy to scuff up

  • 1

    capacity and speed isn't as good as 3.5" desktop drive equivalents

  • 1

    limited connectivity - no eSATA, FireWire or network connections

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    requires a reformat to be used on a Mac

  • 1

    fails prematurely

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