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Manufacturer’s Description: Ultra Slim is one of Seagate’s thinnest portable drives. At 9.6mm thin, capacity is not sacrificed with 1TB and 2TB options – bring your most important files and head out the door. Available in eye-catching gold and platinum colours – style meets storage – and easily slips into your backpack along with all your other essentials. With Ultra Slim, your digital life has never had so much room to expand into.
Review: We have been reviewing the 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim drive and have been really impressed with it. It is really small, fast, and has a high-capacity for storing files.
Living up to the name, it really is super slim (less than 1cm thick!) and very portable – easily slipped into a bag for some extra storage on the go. James has switched to using a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop with just built-in flash storage, so to be able to keep large files and backups on the external drive, and be able to carry it around easily with him, is really handy. You don’t sacrifice physical size for hard drive capacity either, with the ultra slim drive available in both 1TB and 2TB.
The drive is really easy to use – just plug it in and away you go – instantly on PC, and with a downloadable driver for Mac. It comes with 2 years of OneDrive cloud storage, a Seagate Dashboard to streamline backups, and Lyve which is basically a platform independent version of the iCloud Photo Library.
The drive has USB 3.0 so if you have the right port it supports fast transfers with maximum data transfer of 120 MB/s. That’s about as fast as you can expect to get from a mechanical drive. Because it is mechanical, not SSD, there is a slight hum when the drive is on – but nothing too bad. The cable is long enough to give you some flexibility of where to place the drive.
Overall we have been impressed with the hard drive; it seems reliable and fast, and allows you to carry a high capacity of file storage in your pocket. The price is reasonable and it looks really smart, too – with a platinum or gold dimpled metal cover plate and matt black plastic back & sides. This drive is perfect for home or professional use, with it’s portability, high capacity and high speed.