Iomega SSD Flash review
An extremely rugged and capable flash drive, but far too pricey for the amount of storage on offer
Review Date: 28 Dec 2010
Reviewed By: Luke Sampson
Price when reviewed: £139 (£163 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
USB 3 external hard drives have become an increasingly common sight in recent months, however Iomega’s offering stands out as it’s the first we’ve seen to use SSD technology, instead of a good, old fashioned mechanical disk.
Physically it’s very slick, coated in cool to the touch black aluminium and barely there branding. And with diminutive measurements of 27.2 x 43.5 x 3.7 (WDH) and a low weight of just 112g, it’s comparatively portable too.
As with all other USB 3 drives it’s backwards compatible with USB 2 and also comes with a handy double-headed connection wire for both USB 3 and 2 connection, so you don’t need to remember to carry both types around with you. A nice touch.
In our large file read test it registered a scorching result of 115MB/sec. That not only eclipses the scores of other USB 3 portables we’ve tested, but surprisingly left it snapping at the heels of our A-listed desktop drives too.
Results were excellent in our small file test, an average of 65MB/sec comfortably surpassing our A-Listed portable, the Iomega eGo 500GB.
Write speeds were a little less impressive, with the SSD Flash posting a large file speed of 69MB/sec and a small file speed of 40MB/sec. Both scores are average among the portables we’ve tested.
So it’s fast, but the big problem for this particular product is value, or rather the lack of it in this case. With 64GB of storage and a price of £139 exc VAT, the price per GB works out at a huge £2.17; in our last hard disks Labs the highest price per GB for a USB 3 hard disk was 16.8p.
Alas, neither the speed nor added resilience that an SSD-based flash drive brings with it can justify such an exorbitant price premium. It's simply too expensive.
Author: Luke Sampson
- End of an era: Nokia Lumia to become Microsoft Lumia
- Google boosts secure logins with USB Security Key
- Nominations now open for UK Cloud Awards 2015
- Lenovo rumoured to be acquiring BlackBerry
- Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay
- Microsoft offers cloud access to help fight Ebola
- Google suggests legal alternatives to dodgy downloads
- Trolls face two years in jail under new laws
- Nexus Player pre-sales halted after certification troubles
- Microsoft smartwatch coming "within weeks"
- Google Glass: mugger bait, pub problem and other lessons learned from two dangerous weeks
- Twitter, please don't fiddle with my feed
- How Satya Nadella can get some pay-raise karma
- Windows 10: a step back to go forward
- Michael Dell: Cloud infrastructure is the roads, bridges and highways of the 21st century
- How to check your identity hasn’t been sold to the hackers
- Tim Cook: this is how much TV has changed since the 70s
- Westminster wins the .London battle
- 20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation
- Five reasons why the Apple Watch leaves me cold
- iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Apple and Google's latest high-end tablets compared
- Five things that are actually new in the iPad Air 2
- Bendgate, Antennagate, and why Apple doesn’t care about bad news
- iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release date, specs and UK price rumours
- Office Online vs Google Docs: which free online office suite is best?
- iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6 design comparison
- How to speed up an Android smartphone
- Nexus 6 release date, specs, UK price and leaked images
- iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus screen comparison
- Mac OS X Yosemite release date, price and new features
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office