Freecom ToughDrive Sport
Triumph of form over function?
Review Ever thought of climbing the Eiger with a USB hard drive dangling from your belt? Just in case you were, you might find the Freecom ToughDrive Sport is the missing link as you boulderly go. It even comes supplied with a carabiner hook and there’s a picture of some formidable peak on the packaging to tempt you.
Freecom's ToughDrive Sport: designed for outdoor types
A pity then, that the Samsung HM251JI 2.5in Sata drive within, is only designed to operate at temperatures above 5°C but don’t let that put you off, bungee jumping is still an option.
Indeed, Freecom claims that this 250GB device, roughly the size of a small paperback, can be dropped from a 2m height without the risk of data loss. Well, you've got to try it haven’t you? So far, so good.
What makes this new approach to crashing a disk drive possible is the hard rubberised plastic casing, featuring a large, aluminium mounting ring to poke the hook through. An integral 30cm USB cable wraps round the edge of the ToughDrive Sport, nestling into a red rubber groove and providing additional shock absorption. The cable itself is covered with a black and red rope fibre weave to stimulate sporty thoughts, but will remind some of the lead used on the old family toaster.
Mountaineer-friendly carabiner included
The USB connector is a bulky hard plastic affair with the cable entering it at a near right angle. The idea is that it becomes one of the corners of the ToughDrive Sport when it slots into the top housing that extends from the mounting ring. When packed away like this, the cable covers and protects the power/activity LED and the DC input for the optional power supply, should bus powering from the host device be insufficient.
Money, money changes everything...
"why not use an SSD?!"
How much are 250GB pen drives nowadays? Oh right! *thats* why disks haven't totally gone out of fashion yet!
I've got a earlier model of one of these. So far - 2 years down the line and 100% reliable. Once it was caught under my phone cable but unnoticed by me. When I picked up the phone I sent it flying, spinning through the air for it to land on a corner, and it was perfectly fine.
The model I have comes with a straight connector, too. Doesn't have the ring thing tho...
250Gb for £100? You find me a SSD that comes in at that price and I'm sold...
I like to do all my computing at 20,000 feet up.
What a waste of time and effort.
"Mountaineer-friendly carabiner included"
A close inspection shows that it is actually a really cheap crab, as there is no locking pin on the gate, meaning that it is entirely dependant on the torsional rigidity of the entire device for its strength, rather than the tensional strength of the device.
Sounds like the rest of the drive has been made the same way - give it a fancy feature, but make it as cheaply as possible. But then give it a really big price to make it look like everything was done properly.
why not use an SSD?!