Review: Freecom Hard Drive Sq: Stylish 3.5'' 2 TB External HDD

Our score: 5/5
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December 21, 2012 9:05 AM
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Published: December 21, 2012 9:01 AM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Freecom's Sq stands out in the external hard drive market with its unusual square design and sleek rounded edges. The sides of the casing are made from plastic while the hood is finished in aluminium. On the inside, it's loaded with a Seagate ST2000DL003 HDD and 64 MB of cache. We took the 2 TB version out for a spin, but the Hard Drive Sq is also available with 1 TB and 3 TB of memory.

On the back of this external HDD, there's a USB 3.0 port (60 cm cable supplied) that's backwards-compatible with USB 2.0. Note, however, that the USB connection doesn't provide power for this 3.5" hard drive—a separate mains adapter is supplied (complete with external power transformer block).

Performances


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The USB 3.0 connection makes for some excellent data transfer speeds. With read speeds reaching 144 MBps and write speeds at 136 MBps, the Sq is one of the fastest external hard drives we've tested yet, on par with the Seagate Go Flex Desk 3 TB. In real terms, that means it takes 40 seconds to copy a 4 GB file onto the drive and 35 second to copy it off again.

Portability


Generally speaking, 3.5" external hard drives can't beat 2.5" models on portability. The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is no exception, measuring 160 x 160 x 30 mm (768 cm3) and weighing just over 190 g.
5/5 Freecom Hard Drive Sq - 2 TB USB 3.0 DigitalVersus 2012-12-21 10:01:00

Pros

  • Excellent performances: 144 MBps read speed and 136 MBps write speed
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Original design

Cons

  • 3.5" format isn't always practical for regular transportation

Conclusion

The Freecom Mobile Drive Sq stands out from the crowd with its stylish, unusual design and its excellent performances. It also comes with a good software package for data backup to a PC. We can't ask for much more than that!

OUR SCORE 5/5
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