Samsung Story Station 1TB external HDD
Nice one, Sammy
Review Samsung has been making hard drives for years, but it's taken a wee bit longer for it to decide that if Western Digital, Seagate and co. can extend their drive production efforts to nice, shiny external storage units for consumers, it can too.
Samsung's Story: strong and (almost) silent
What Samsung has lacked thus far is the design nous to take what essentially a generic product - the hard drive - marry it with some off-the-shelf electronics and then - here's the crucial bit - stick it all in an attractive enclosure. The innards are largely the same, so these days you differentiate one external drive from another almost entirely on looks.
And the new Story Station is cute, in a solid, muted Terminator kind of way. There's no bright chrome, no piano black glossiness, just a brushed gunmetal upper surface, and a matte black front, back and bottom.
The black and gun-metal grey complement each other well, as does the mix of curves and straight lines. While the sides of the Story curve from the top to the sides, at the front and back you get 90° angles. The base is suitably sculpted so that drives can be stacked. The feet are sturdy and well able to resist attempts to push the drive sideways.
The rear is home to the unit's single, mini USB port, power socket and some neat diagonally striped vent holes. The front, though, really caught our eye because it's the first on an external drive that sports a switch.
And no simple on/off rocker, this but a knob that first engages the power and then - get this - operates as a rheostat to control the intensity of the white disk activity light that glows downward under the front panel.
Turned on by a knob: ooh-err, missus
Now, we can safely say the light intensity angle is pure gimmick, but we do like the switch. Switches give you the sense of reassurance that the drive is ready to be disconnected from the mains and put away, something that simply dismounting the drive and yanking the power cord does not do.
Just got one...
I just got one from Ebuyer. Very nice it is too. Even nicer with an EXT3 filesystem on it. :)
Oddly the power cable is a European style one, with just two round prongs on it. So that won't fit in a UK power socket. I just went back to Ebuyer to check what I'd bought, and it's been discontinued. That didn't last long, did it? Maybe they bought a batch destined for Europe?
The other end of the cable is a two hole 8-shaped connector, and being a fully badged up geek I had such a cable with a UK plug on it. So no big deal for me.
already in the UK
fyi - i have found these at ebuyer in stock !!- http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167743
also at Amazon 1TB and 1.5TB
Far too organised. If I made finding a cable less of a challenge, every Tom, Dick and J Random Luser would be making off with all my "kettle leads." That's my excuse.
To be fair, mine is a suspended pile; there's so many of the things, anything other than "pile" or "heap" (but never "stack" as that sounds like you could just push a cable on or pop a cable off with a simple operation when, in reality, a big job breaks out) is doing the resultant mutant squid an injustice. It contains anything from old 100R twinax cables (that, thank Eris, I will never have to make up again) to eSATA multiports. Speaking of which, I really ought to check that rope that suspends them all...
*THUD* <muffled swearing/>
OK, *now* it's a pile ;o)
Obviously your geek fu is not strong...
When I started this job 7 months ago, I spent pretty much my first solid week refusing to do anything but coil cables, cable tie them and file them in stack & store boxes depending on category.
It does mean that IEC M-F would be in the same box as 13A plug IEC, but they are the only two sorts of cables in that box. Similarly the mini USB are in the same box as maxi USB (although I'm considering revising that).
A cable _pile_, though? Nah, I'm too much of a nerd (read: my OCD is too bad) for anything that messy :D
Hmm, I like the idea of a knob on an external drive, but having a continuously variable LED is not the most productive use. How about having it control the accoustic/performance managment? That would be a differentiation that an actual hard drive manufacturer could make with an external drive (as opposed to a commodity peripherals manufacturer).