Seagate recently launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest 2TB external hard disk drive, called Backup Plus Slim. The company sent us the 2TB version of the storage device for review at Review Central Labs. The Backup Plus Slim also comes in storage capacities of 500GB and 1TB.
The drive itself features a slick and compact design and comes with a USB 3.0 interface. Unlike the Seagate Plus Fast’s smooth metallic enclosure, the Plus Slim’s body consists of a plastic build with a bright blue top cover. You will find a drive activity LED near the back, along with the USB 3.0 port.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim also allows you perform mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App. The Seagate Mobile Backup app offers an easy way to backup all your pictures, videos and data from your mobile device – whether it’s iOS or Android – to the drive or a cloud service. In addition, the drive also allows for sharing of files between Windows and Mac computers.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim comes with the Seagate Dashboard software, which is very easy to use. In order to backup your data from your PC to your Backup Plus Slim, all you need is just one-click of a button. You can also sync your content through cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
The Seagate Dashboard software allows you to schedule and automate backups for your computer and mobile devices. In addition, it also lets you to automatically backup content on Facebook and Flickr. Another unique feature is the ability to share new videos to your YouTube account.
During our real world tests, we clocked 2MB read and write sequential speeds of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim at 86.3MB/s and 115.1MB/s respectively. In addition, When testing with 2MB random transfer speeds, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim reported 59.3MB/s and 98.1MB/s for read and write respectively.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is quite slim at 9.5mm thickness. The read/write transfer speeds are pretty fast for a 5400-RPM hard drive. Once you install a Windows or Mac driver, you can use either the Windows or Mac version of this drive on both Windows and Mac computers, which is great for transferring files in between both platforms. If you are on the market for a slim and slick-looking portable hard drive, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim could be one of your choices.
Price: AED 259 (500GB), AED 329 (1TB), AED 529 (2TB).