As it says on the box, the Seagate Slim Portable Drive drive is not tubby. It measures just 10 mm thick. The case is 75 mm wide, 113 mm deep and it weighs just 150 g.
That’s roughly the size, weight and shape of a smartphone. You can easily fit it in a pocket. I did just that and almost forgot it was there.
Apart from a slit-like white LED and the cable port, the drive is just a matt black slab.
It looks great and is mobile, but what about performance?
The bad news is that it only stores 500 GB. That’s plenty of storage for most applications, but not enough to back-up the entire contents of a standard 2013 desktop or laptop PC if it includes large music or video libraries.
Fast data transfer
On the other hand the Seagate Slim Portable is fast. The drive has built-in USB 3.0 and comes with a short cable. In testing, I saw read speeds peak at 90+ MBps – that makes it the fastest external drive I’ve used to date. This is the fastest I’ve ever seen my USB 3.0 ports shift any data.
The drive comes with software, instruction videos and support for cloud back-up. Seagate also throws in a free 4GB, a 12-month subscription to its Cloud Storage service. Seagate’s bundled software isn’t that special, but it does the basics. Your operating system may offer tools that are just as good.
One fashionable extra that I haven’t tested yet is the link to social media sites for uploads.
The list price is $129. While you’ll find cheaper drives, you’ll struggle to find anything as elegant as the Seagate Slim Portable Drive.