Silicon Power Armor A50 External USB Drive Review

By on December 22, 2009
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Its called Armor because its shock proof and comes with one-touch backing up capabilities

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The Verdict:
Its a USB drive at the end of the day. Really.

Today we take a look at Silicon Power’s external USB drive called the Armor A50. Its called Armor because its shock proof and comes with one-touch backing up capabilities as well as a 60-day version of Norton Internet Security.

The drive is available in capacities of 250GB, 320GB, 500GB and 640GB. The one we are reviewing today is the 250GB version that comes packaged in your usual sized box and inside you find a USB cable and a 3″ CD containing the PDF version of the documentation as well as the above mentioned Norton Internet Security and other applications to backup/restore as well as secure your data with a password.

The Armor A50 is a pretty good looking drive with its hairline aluminum finish that is finger-print resistant. The drive is a bit big in size though- probably because of the shock-proof material that needs to be packaged.

Once you install the application that comes on the media, you have the option of password locking the drive as well as creating backups of your hard drive. To do this, you have to first specify the source and target directories- don’t expect a Time Machine kind of automation.

We ran HDTach on the drive and the following is the result which is very much consistent to performance we’ve noticed on other USB 2.0/5400RPM drives.

Overall, the Silicon Power Armor A50 is a good looking drive that offers you a bit of shock protection and some backing up capabilities. If that is something you’re looking for, then give the A50 a try. its priced around US$100 and comes with a 2 year warranty.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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