Quad-interface drives—with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA ports—are smart choices because they’ll satisfy your backup needs now, but they’ll also be relevant in the future.
Although offering decent performance and a reasonable feature set, nothing short of a superb software bundle could justify the $100 disparity between the ToughTech XE Quad 500GB and comparable drives from other vendors. But since the ToughTech includes no extras, such as bundled software, a better deal may be had elsewhere.
Though lacking in extras, the affordable Rocpro 300 C 500GB will adequately address a basic need for additional storage.
From its basic enclosure to its lackluster performance, there’s nothing particularly exceptional about the DiskGo Quad Interface drive.
Although it’s small and quiet, and it turns in a decent performance, the FireMax 500GB Quad Drive’s high price and lack of extras—such as bundled software—makes it hard to recommend wholeheartedly.
If you’re looking to step up to a half-terabyte of storage, consider the d2 Quadra Hard Drive 500GB. Its features, performance, superior software bundle, and attractive styling make it an outstanding all-around choice.
If you often remember to pack your portable drive but forget the cables, then the Aegis Portable hard drive is for you.
If you’re a video or audio editor seeking desktop performance in a portable package, the G-RAID mini is the drive to beat when it comes to speed.
While the Mouse BT II does include a charging cradle, it is based on older technology, includes no bundled utilities, and lacks the 360-degree scroll wheel of the Wireless Mighty Mouse.
If you’re looking for a sleek and speedy drive for toting your files from home to office, the miniXpress 825 160GB hard drive is an admirable performer among 5,400-rpm portables. The drive is a good choice and offers excellent value.
The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive100GB is all about size, speed, and of course, style. Its bright orange coat makes it a standout, and its performance numbers are among the fastest we have seen among 100GB portable drives.
If you’re looking for a basic and inexpensive technology upgrade from your older mouse, consider MacMice’s Danger Mouse USB Laser. Its high resolution gives you finer control when positioning the cursor, but it lacks some of the fancier features found in other mice.
If you suffer from a bloated music or video library, the Seagate Pushbutton Backup External 750GB will provide immediate relief. Don’t expect a speed demon, though: this drive trades transfer rate for storage capacity.
If you’re looking for a small and relatively fast external drive, and you don’t mind paying a premium, the LaCie Little Big Disk 200GB lets you take your media library with you wherever you go.
Desktop Mac users looking for a spacious and speedy extra 500GB of storage should consider the Western Digital My Book Pro Edition 500GB. It’s fast, attractive, and its USB, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 ports give you maximum flexibility when connecting it to your Mac.