Portable Hard Drive Final Thoughts
The HD710 certainly isn’t a revolutionary product, there are other products on the market that offer similar protection. Personally, I don’t find the added protection of the product very appealing, especially since it comes at an higher price; most other 1TB external drives cost $15-$20 less. In my opinion, a hard drive doesn’t need to be waterproof as most people know well enough to keep liquid away from their electronics, however, accidents do happen and the HD710 would be good for those who’d rather be safe than sorry. The shockproof feature seems more appropriate since it isn’t uncommon for one to drop small devices such as these, however, a protective case can be purchased for cheaper devices to avoid damage from drops.
Nevertheless, The HD710 is a solid product. Apart from being waterproof and shockproof, it feels outright durable and it is very silent. In the event an electronic malfunction occurs, it can be repaired free of cost thanks to the included 3 year warranty. I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest this product to anyone who seeks the protection that it offers.
ADATA HD710 Conclusion
The HD710 performs as well as well as one would expect: It’s USB 3.0 interface makes for speedy file transfers with read and write speeds exceeding 100MB/s. The WD My Passport demonstrates a minute increase in performance, but certainly not enough to make it a better option than the ADATA storage device.
The design of the device is quite appealing, the yellow with black stripes suggests that this device is ready for some rough treatment. The carbon fiber-like centerpiece also adds to the robust look of the device.
Being waterproof and shockproof, the HD710 is very well built. The thick rubber sleeve also ensures that the device won’t slip around on your desk and even if did slip and fall, you can rest assured that it will be functioning when you plug it in again. The embedded cable storage slot will also make sure that the cable and the hard drive will never be separated or accidentally misplaced. Unfortunately, the length of the cable is limited by the length of the slot, as a result, the cable is extremely short.
Included with the device are some freeware applications such as Norton Antivirus (60 day trial), OS cloning, and HDD cloning software. It would be nice to have these programs already on the device since they can be easily deleted if the user has no use for them.
Many 1TB portable drives can be purchased for less than $70. That being said, for $92.25 online (Amazon | Newegg), the HD710 isn’t exactly inexpensive. However if you don’t mind paying a few extra bucks for peace of mind, then this may be the drive for you.
There’s nothing really bad to say about the ADATA HD710, it is a well designed, well built product that performs as well as it should. It may seem a bit pricey but if your data is precious to you, the added price shouldn’t seem like a lot for the provided protection.
+ Looks very cool with it’s black and yellow theme
+ Waterproof and shockproof: Safe from drops and spills
+ Quick data transfer rates due to USB 3.0
+ 3 year warranty
- A lot bigger than most modern portable HDDs
- Not inexpensive; some 2TB drives cost just $20 more
- Short USB cable
Final Score: 8.80 out of 10
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Does a portable hard drive really need this much protection?