External Drive Final Thoughts
To rework the analogy of a well-designed sports car, the DashDrive Elite HE720 looks like it’s going 100 MB/sec even when it’s standing still. This device was born to move, and it would be a waste of the device to simply attach it to a PC and forget about it. You really need to take the Elite HE720 out and show it to your friends, or move it around between your PC and HDTV.
As of December 2012, the ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 cost $79.99 (Newegg / Amazon). With almost 500 GB of available storage, the ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 is not intended to compete with fast external SSD devices. However, as an inexpensive and relatively large capacity portable storage device, the HD 720 provides quick file transfers and a very compact form factor.
There is a large spectrum of portable storage devices available. Small USB flash drives are great for smaller data files such as music and photographs, but quickly bog down with larger files such as HDTV video. At the other end of the spectrum, 3 TB portable hard drives can easily manage large video files and full system backups, but are large and heavy, and quite often require their own power supply.
The DashDrive Elite HE720 excels as a portable device that fits in the middle of the available external drive options.
ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 Conclusion
There is no question that the DashDrive Elite HE720 is a good-looking device that you will be proud to show off to your friends. Stainless steel has a classic good appearance in spite of its tendency to attract fingerprints.
That same stainless steel construction adds to the feeling of solidity when handling the device, and in general the DashDrive Elite HE720 feels very well constructed.
The DashDrive Elite HE720 makes good use of its USB 3.0 interface, providing speedy file transfers and quick connection to a host PC or smart HDTV.
The DashDrive Elite HE720 also fits an important niche in the value equation for external storage. Much less expensive than a flash drive of similar capacity, and a much smaller form factor than large external storage devices, the HE720 is very good value for its price.
The ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 is an attractive solution to anyone who needs to transfer large files in a convenient, portable form factor.
+ Compact form factor
+ Good-looking stainless steel finish
+ Fast read and write performance
+ Solid construction
- External finish tends to smudge
- Included USB 3.0 cable a bit short
- Backup button probably useless in most applications
- Presentation: 9.0
- Appearance: 9.5
- Functionality: 8.5
- Value: 9.0