A portable hard drive bundled with a sibling
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.