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ioSafe Solo G3 Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive Review - ioSafe Solo G3

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By: | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ioSafe

ioSafe Solo G3

 

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From the factory the ioSafe Solo G3 ships with a lot of protection. Here we see at least three inches of foam around the actual unit. The Solo G3 weighs around 15 pounds so it needs quite a bit of support.

 

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The new fanless design has more openings that allow any hard drive generated heat to radiate out of the enclosure.

 

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ioSafe claims a 15 pound weight, but it feels like more. The enclosure feels like something you would fire from a tank. It's built like something you could fire from a tank as well. You don't really have to worry about the unit surviving from a fall; I don't think a 3 foot fall would even dent it.

 

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This is the first ioSafe product to come with less than perfect anything. Since I paint my track motorcycles I'm a bit of a paint buff. Here we see the paintwork could have been a little better, but we are knit picking at this point. To be honest, ioSafe usually sends us products that are so perfect we have to find something, anything to point at and say they could do better. When you get down to a minor blemish on the paint that can't be seen from two feet away, you're looking pretty hard.

 

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The Solo G3 uses USB 3.0, but the protocol is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well.

 

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Hard plastic feet on the bottom elevate the enclosure off the surface. The hole on the bottom back side of the base can be used to anchor the unit.

 

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ioSafe includes a USB 3.0 cable, power brick, Quick Install Guide and a card that reminds you to activate the product by serial number on the ioSafe website.

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