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Amacom ezSecure 160GB review

Alan Lu
30 Jan 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
116
inc VAT

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Specifications

160GB hard disk, USB Hi-Speed, 24x80x131mm

Amacom's ezSecure is a portable USB hard disk with a difference.

You can protect its contents with a customisable PIN of up to 12 digits, which you enter on a small touch-screen keypad. This is a convenient way to protect your data from prying eyes and casual thieves, especially as you don't have to install any software on your PC. It can lock itself automatically when you unplug it from your PC, but there's no option to do this after a set period of inactivity.

The ezSecure's performance when transferring files was in line with what we'd expect from a portable USB hard disk. Amacom has bundled its own Back2Normal backup software, although this was disappointingly sluggish and crashed frequently on our Vista laptop.

At 73p per gigabyte, the ezSecure is very expensive. It's worth buying only if you need a hassle-free way to secure sensitive files. You could use free encryption software, such as www.truecrypt.org, but the ezSecure is far easier. Freecom's 500GB Mobile Drive Classic costs just £87 including VAT from www.scan.co.uk and has three times the capacity, though, making it a far better choice for most users.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Storage

Hard diskFujitsu MHZ2160BH
Capacity160GB
Formatted capacity149GB
Price per gigabyte£0.73
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB Hi-Speed
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time12.0ms
Weight236g
Size24x80x131mm
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includedAmacom Back2Normal 1064
Price£116
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.originestore.com
Detailswww.originestore.com