Review: Soyo 20GB Slim Drive USB 2.0 SlimEx Platinum

Ed Steele May 15, 2006 Comments Off on Review: Soyo 20GB Slim Drive USB 2.0 SlimEx Platinum

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This has to be the slimmest & sexiest USB drive I’ve found yet. To give you a size comparison, in the background is the small Seagate 100GB external drive – the Soyo makes the Seagate look enourmous. I picked up the Soyo SlimEx Platinum last week and it’s been nothing but bliss so far. This external drive is self-powered from the USB port, has a shock resistant magnesium alloy casing, and gives you 20GB of storage for videos, MP3 files, you name it. Rotation speed is 4200rpm and a 2MB buffer means you can watch videos directly from the drive without any stutter. Comes with a regular and retractable USB cable, Windows 98/ME drivers CD, and a sweet little leather carrying case. The Toshiba hard drive inside is rated to last 5 years, or 20,000 hours. Highly recommended – full tech specs and link after the jump.


General
* Bootable from USB, diagnose system problems without going into Windows!
* Plug & Play via standard USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 interface
* Magnesium Alloy Casing
* Light weight & easy to carry
* No drivers needed (Windows ME/2000/XP only)
* No download cable or PCMCIA card required
* Mac compatible
* Up to 20GB storage capacity
* No external power supply or battery required
* Ideal for desktops and laptops
* Shock resistant
* USB cable, and complete installation CD
USB Info
* Bootable from USB, diagnose system problems without going into Windows!
Certification
* EMI Compliance: FCC, CE.
Technical Specs
* Hard Drive Type: 1.8″ HDD
* Storage Capacity: 20GB
* Rotation Speed: 4200rpm
* Buffer size: 2MB
* Buffer to Host – PIO: 16.6MB/sec
* Buffer to Host – Ultra DMA: 100MB/sec
* Maximum Internal: 125.5 – 253.1 Mbits/sec
* Track to Track Transfer Rate: 3ms
* Average Transfer Rate: 15ms
* Maximum Transfer Rate: 26ms
* Average Latency: 7.14ms
* Operating Vibration: 1.0G (5 to 50Hz)
* Operating Shock: 250G/2ms
* Non-Operating Shock: 1,000G/ 1.0ms
* USB 2.0 (Up to 480Mbps)
* MTTF (Power on hours): 300,000 hours
* Power Type: USB Powered 3.3V ±5%
* Operating System Supported: Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, 98SE; Mac OS 8.6 or Higher
* Operating Temperature: 41° – 140°F (5 to 60°C)
* Storage Temperature: -4° – 149°F (-20 to 65°C)
* Data Retention: 5 years or 20,000 power ON hours
* Storage type: HDD
OS Compatibility
* Win2000
* Win98
* WinME
* WinXP
Dimension Description
* Dimension: 3.9″x2.4″x0.4″ (L x W x H)
* Weight: 2.85oz
Soyo SlimEx Platinum External USB Hard Drive

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