Hitachi LifeStudio Plus Hard Drive Review

By on March 1, 2011
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A portable hard drive bundled with a sibling

Good: The magnetic 4GB drive and Cool Iris based technology
Bad: USB 2.0 is starting to show its age in terms or performance
Price: AED 500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus connects to you computer through USB 2.0 which is now starting to feel a bit on the slower side, especially with USB 3.0 products popping up and Firewire 800 being available for a while. Thus, we weren;t expecting any surprises when putting the hard drive up for benchmarking using HD Tach. The following screenshot will show you the performance of HDTach.

Right at the 35MB/s line, the Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus is pretty much at the same performance level as you’d expect any USB 2.0. The Kingmax USB 2.0 500GB drive sitting in our office posted at 37 MB/s with a few dips along the way making it similar to the Hitachi as far as performance is concerned.

Overall, the Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus is a drive that you’d buy more for features than anything else. It’s novel in the sense that it offers a portable USB drive that magnetically docks and syncs data and the LifeStudio application lets you easily view, manage and upload pictures to your Favorite Social network directly.

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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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  • Anonymous

    I bought this item in mind, I can simply use it as the background to back up my data! This is on the shelf with the other external drive, I mistakenly believed that it will operate as one. I also assume, Hitachi, as a well-known company, will provide reasonable support! Like I said, my mistake … I will not, one after another.

  • Anonymous

    Hitachi LifeStudio Plus Hard Drive looks nice ,I think my brother needs it ,I want to buy one for him.

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