Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB
Heavy metal storage
Review There's no doubt but that the Iomega Prestige is a looker. And with 1TB of hard disk storage on board, it's at the current peak of portable hard drive capacity.
The styling, as you can see from the pictures, is all gunmetal-coloured brushed steel, with a Mac Pro speaker-grille pattern of small holes punched into the front panel, and Iomega's logo stamped on the top.
Iomega's Prestige Portable: hard'n'heavy
The front and back - a mini USB port and activity light are the only features here - are plastic, but with a thick terabyte 2.5in drive on board and the metal wrapped around it, the Prestige has a solid feel, weighty but not heavy.
This is really a desktop drive that's small for convenience and portability rather than a drive you'll want to carry around with you. If that's what you need, there are smaller, lighter products out there, though not one that can provide the same storage capacity as the Iomega, at least not yet.
Iomega provides a bundle of apps, but makes the software available as a download rather than on a disc or loaded on the Prestige itself. Key in the drive's serial number and the utilities are yours: ignoring the Trend Micro anti-malware 12-month demo and the MozyHome online backup 2GB freebie - we'd recommend Dropbox instead - there are three backup apps for Windows users and a fourth for Mac fans.
I was about to write the same comment...
... in a different way:
Ugh. Colorful but pointless graphics. Edward Tufte'll get you while you're sleeping.
Re: Just one question....
For consistency with the other external HDDs we've tested, all of which were tested with FAT 32. Of those, maybe one or two per cent were not FAT 32-formatted before being shipped.
Some friendly advice
Learn some statistical presentation skills, Tony. The graphics were dire - why are you treating a small number of independent variables (ie seq read, seq write, 512KB read and 512KB write as if they were part of a continuous variable by linking them together in a line graph? What does the line between a value for Seq Read and Seq Write represent anyway? A reading for half-read and half-write? Not reading and not writing? Similarly for the lines between 4KB read and 4KB Write in the second graphic - is it a transition from 4KB Read through not reading and not writing up to 4KB Write?
As these variables are independent, perhaps bar charts would be better: I'm sure I remember seeing some used for just such a purpose some time ago ... And the cut-off axes to over-emphasise the differences between the devices ... oh dear.
I suppose we should be grateful that it hasn't all been lumped into a 3-D pie chart with perspective. Now THAT is the mark of a total incompetent. Which may be why it's a default in Excel ...
<-- Mine's the one with the copy of Edward R Tufte's 'Visual Display of Quantitative Information' inthe pocket.
No mention in the review of how this thing was powered. Is it usb, double-usb, power brick? what?
...but Iomega does have some FORM in this respect. I never had anything but good service from my personal Zip drive, but I lived in fear of the 'click of death'.