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Verbatim Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive review

Size is everything

Our Verdict

For

  • Very slim design
  • High capacity
  • Good speed
  • Good price

Against

  • Not the most robust drive
  • Feels slightly flimsy

The Verbatim Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive with USB 3.0 is a decent product for easily carrying around large amounts of data. While on the outside it looks slim, the unit we tested held a hefty 500GB capacity, making the drive an excellent choice for photos, music and films.

The drive's casing is so thin and light that it can easily fit in a pocket, or be carried around in a laptop or tablet bag. It's a great way of expanding a laptop or tablet's capacity, since you'll hardly notice you're carrying it around with you.

The downside of such a thin case is that it offers very little protection from knocks and bumps, and the case itself feels rather plastic and brittle. This isn't a hard drive that you could drop, unlike the ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive. However, external hard drives of this capacity don't come much more portable.

Verbatim has included software on the disk that adds some value to the hard drive. Nero BackItUp is a decent piece of software for backing up your files, though it's not usually our first choice of backup software.

A program designed to reduce the power consumption of the drive and software that makes formatting the drive easy are also included. Extra software is always nice to see, but neither are particularly useful.

The Verbatim Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive has a USB 3.0 interface, so we were expecting fast results in our tests. Our benchmarks recorded a 79.07 MB/s average write speed, along with a 105.56 MB/s read speed, which are very good, though not the fastest speeds we've seen. We were able to copy over a 1.36GB test file in just 22 seconds.

Verdict

Overall the Verbatim Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive is an excellent portable hard drive, which is small and light enough to carry around, but with a capacity and transfer speeds that really makes this hard drive worth buying.

Our only reservation is the flimsy casing, which is a trade-off for such a small size and weight.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Buffer8 MB
Product FamilyStore 'n' Go
Drive Width2.5"
Brand NameVerbatim
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity500 GB
Rotational Speed5400 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Height10.5 mm
Width80.5 mm
Depth116 mm
ColourBlack
ManufacturerVerbatim America, LLC
Product NameStore 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive 500GB USB 3.0 Black
Product LineStore 'n' Go
Manufacturer Part Number53150
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.verbatim-europe.com
Marketing Information

The Verbatim Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim portable hard drive features high performance storage using a USB 3.0 "Super Speed" interface. USB 3.0 offers up to 10 times faster data transfer rates than USB 2.0 (based on USB bus speed) providing ultra fast data transfer on the go.

Store and carry your digital and day to day working files on this truly mobile drive. Its slimline design sits neatly on the modern desk top, ideal for Ultrabooks.

Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim portable hard drive is USB 3.0 bus powered (1 x USB 3.0 interface) yet is backwards compatible to any USB 2.0 ports on your PC or notebook. The drive requires no external power for operation; simply plug n play.

Package Contents
  • Store 'n' Go Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive 500GB USB 3.0 Black
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)127 g