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Samsung S2 Portable 250GB review

Alan Lu
23 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
68
inc VAT

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Specifications

250GB hard disk, USB, 22x83x111m

Samsung is an established manufacturer of internal 2?in laptop hard disks, so it's no surprise that it has released its own range of external models.

The S2 is slightly more compact than most external portable disks we've seen, since its internal 2?in disk has a USB connector instead of a SATA connector. This means there's no need for the SATA-to-USB circuitry necessary in most other disks.

The S2's chrome-and-black design looks sleek, while the faux-leather bottom stops it sliding around on your desk. Even more striking was its performance in our file-transfer tests. It copied both large and small files at an average speed of around 30MB/s, which is faster than any other portable USB disk we've seen. It's even faster than some FireWire 400 disks.

Samsung's S2 is easily the fastest portable USB hard disk we've seen, but at 27p per gigabyte it costs more than other 250GB USB disks. It's cheaper than a FireWire-equipped portable disk, so it's worth buying if you need fast performance but your laptop lacks an eSATA port. If capacity is more important, consider Freecom's Mobile Drive Classic.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Storage

Hard diskSamsung Spinpoint MU-X HM251JX
Capacity250GB
Formatted capacity232GB
Price per gigabyte£0.27
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time12.0ms
Weight142g
Size22x83x111m
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includedSamsung AutoBackup 4.1.366
Price£68
Warrantythree years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.yoyotech.co.uk
Detailswww.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/