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Freecom Hard Drive Sq review

A stylish 2TB hard drive for your front room

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast
  • Looks good
  • Can record TV

Against

  • Expensive if you don't have the right TV
  • Needs external power

Most external hard drives are "functional, but" things. They're useful, but you wouldn't really call them stylish. The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is different though, with the name of the designer proudly displayed on the front of the box.

It's reasonably small, sleek and good looking, and is a perfect example of the changing role of external hard drives. While they once hid behind our PCs, diligently backing up and storing our files, they can now be found in our living rooms, recording our TV shows.

The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is a hard drive that can plug straight into a TV or set top box that supports straight to USB recording. Its prominent role in the house is reflected in the attention to design.

If you don't have a compatible TV or set top box, the 2TB capacity and USB 3.0 compatibility makes this a great choice for more standard external drive tasks. You can also buy 1TB or 3TB versions, for about £90 (about $140) or £160 (about $250) , respectively.

Verdict

Overall this is a well-designed and fast external hard drive which looks great and works well. If you have a TV that supports recording straight to USB devices then the drive can also work as a PVR - definitely worth the money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyHard Drive Sq
Drive Width3.5"
Brand NameFreecom
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity2 TB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Height30 mm
Width160 mm
Depth160 mm
ColourSilver, Black
ManufacturerFreecom Technologies
Product NameHard Drive Sq
Product LineHard Drive Sq
Manufacturer Part Number56157
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.freecom.com
Marketing Information

The drive that sets new design standards

Your desk is your daily work place, in fact a lot of people spend more time behind their desk then at home on the couch....

These days the equipment on your desk has to be functional as well as smart looking. If you are going to hook up an external HDD to your computer and place it on your desk, the Hard Drive Sq is your drive. An exciting design and with capacities up to 3TB, there is plenty of space for all your files!

Weight (Approximate)860 g