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Freecom USB Memory 120GB review

Alan Lu
20 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
80
inc VAT

Freecom's USB Memory is very slim and small, but you pay a high price for its compactness.

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Specifications

120GB hard disk, USB, 82x58x9

Freecom's simply titled USB Memory is the first portable USB hard disk we've seen in some time that uses a 1.8in hard disk.

This is the same size as the one used in Apple's iPod classic, rather than the usual 2?in disk found in most laptops. It's roughly the width and depth of a credit card, thanks to its thin rubber casing. However, it doesn't feel as sturdy as we would have liked.

Previous 1.8in disks we've seen have had a spindle speed of 3,600rpm or 4,200rpm, resulting in poor file transfer speeds. The USB Memory has a 5,400rpm spindle speed, though, so it was only a little slower than 2?in 5,400rpm USB disks such as Iomega's eGo. Unfortunately, backup software is not included.

At 67p per gigabyte, Freecom's USB Memory 120GB is very expensive compared to Iomega's similarly priced eGo, which has four times the storage. Most people will be better off with the eGo, but if you really need lots of pocket-sized storage, this is better value than a 128GB USB flash drive, which can easily cost twice as much.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Storage

Hard diskToshiba MK1229GSG
Capacity120GB
Formatted capacity111GB
Price per gigabyte£0.67
Disk size1.8in
InterfaceUSB
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time15.0ms
Weight74g
Size82x58x9
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includednone
Price£80
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.freecom.com

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