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Freecom Mobile Drive Sq TV review

A small hard drive that you can easily store behind your TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Large capacity
  • Small size
  • Fast USB 3.0 speeds
  • Can be used with smart TVs

Against

  • Expensive

This small box that's designed to connect to your TV, like the Roku LT, has a compact design to make it as unobtrusive as possible. The Freecom Mobile Drive Sq TV even comes with a TV cradle so you can hang it safely from the back of your TV out of sight, yet still have it easily accessible.

However, it performs a very different service to the Roku LT. It's a portable external hard drive that, while small, boasts a big capacity - the version we tested had a huge 1TB of disk space, and the other version had 500GB.

Many smart TVs, such as the Sony KDL-26EX553, come with the ability to play media from attached USB drives, so you could add your entire media collection to the Freecom Mobile Drive Sq TV and have everything you wanted to watch or listen to right at your fingertips.

Some new TVs also come with the ability to record TV shows straight to an attached external drive, so if you have one of those then this is a great device to run alongside it.

Read speeds were a fast 104.96 MB/s, while write speeds were just a fraction slower, at 103.31MB/s. In our real world tests we were able to transfer a 364MB file in just four seconds.

Verdict

Even if you don't have a USB-enabled TV, the Freecom Mobile Drive Sq TV 56156 is a very good external hard drive that is easy to carry around, and thanks to its USB 3.0 interface, it's nice and speedy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyMobile Drive Sq
Drive Width2.5"
Brand NameFreecom
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity1 TB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Height13 mm
Width120 mm
Depth120 mm
ColourSilver, Black
ManufacturerFreecom Technologies
Product NameMobile Drive Sq TV Hard Drive
Product LineMobile Drive Sq
Manufacturer Part Number56156
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.freecom.com
Marketing Information

The ideal external hard drive for USB recording

More and more TV sets are equipped with one or more USB ports, both for playing back content from and recording TV programmes to an external hard drive or USB stick. The Mobile Drive Sq TV is the ideal external hard drive for USB recording.

Not only does it look stunning when placed next to your TV, it also comes with a special cradle with which you can fix the drive at the back of your TV screen. The choice is yours!

Package Contents
  • MOBILE DRIVE Sq TV Hard Drive
  • Cradle
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Manuals (on drive)
Weight (Approximate)210 g