Freecom Mobile Drive Sq 500GB review
Portable external hard disks come in all sorts of colours, but they all have a rectangular shape. The 500GB Freecom Mobile Drive Sq, as its name suggests, is square. It's also remarkably thin, so it wouldn't look out of place next to a MacBook Air or ultrabook.
The Mobile Drive Sq connects to your computer over USB3, but its performance was far behind the best USB3 disks we've seen. It was quick at reading large files, managing 109.3MB/s, but was sluggish at writing them, doing so at just 58.5MB/s. Its small files performance was disappointing all round with read speeds of 30.3MB/s and write speeds of just 14.6MB/s.
Nero's BackItUp backup program is included, which is a useful extra. It supports scheduled and incremental backups, so you don't need to back up manually and only files changed since your last backup will be copied to the external disk, saving time.
Despite the useful bundled software, the Mobile Drive Sq is just too expensive to recommend. It costs £38 more than the plainer but faster 500GB Iomega Prestige Mobile, which is the better choice.
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