Silicon Power has taken three great storage innovations and wrapped them into one sleek package. The eSATA and solid state technology provide the speed and putting both of these in a portable package is nothing short of brilliant! The dual interface allows users to easily migrate from one system to another regardless of computer age. My only complaint is the USB cable that you will have to use to power the drive, since power over eSATA hasn't been adapted by many component manufacturers yet. It would have been nice to see a retractable cable, but that would have added to the size of the drive and who is to say what the ideal cable length would be. The longer the cable the larger the drive if everything was integrated together.
When it comes to price you are going to pay more to have the eSATA feature, but DVNation was able to keep the drive well below the 300 Dollars you would expect to pay for the Silicon Power eSATA/USB Portable SSD. At this time DVNation has the drive for 211.00 USD, a value to those who count their time as money since sending large files over USB is nerve racking due to the amount of time it takes to transfer the data.
I wouldn't go as far as to say that the Silicon Power eSATA/USB Portable SSD is perfect, but at this price we can pretty much all agree that the drive delivers nearly every feature you could ask for. Over time Silicon Power will refine the drive and come up with new revisions that will lead to a perfect product. All things considered, we are left with a great product that will allow us to get the most out of eSATA and be backwards compatible with USB. Just don't forget to grab your USB cable when leaving with the drive or you will be left with a drive that is unusable.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Silicon Power eSATA/USB SSD II Portable Drive]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Test]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - EVEREST Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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