by Rory Buszka on April 13, 2007 in External Storage
The Seagate FreeAgent Pro combines a sleek external design with a solid, reliable drive inside. But the FreeAgentâ€™s feature set doesnâ€™t end there. Hereâ€™s a look at what makes the Seagate FreeAgent Pro such an attractive solution for anyone looking to add external storage to their system.
With the FreeAgent line, Seagate has once again demonstrated their ability to produce a truly high-end product, rich in features and replete with eye-catching exterior styling and Seagate reliability. Its design is tasteful and subtle, and in my opinion is one of the very best-looking external hard drives on the market. The addition of eSATA connectivity is something new and exciting; if you purchased an eSATA motherboard or a complete machine equipped with eSATA, you can begin enjoying the performance benefits right now.
While many manufacturers skimp on the bundled software, Seagate offers a fully-functional version of Memeo’s AutoBackup software that offers a plethora of choices; the OneTouch Backup software provided with the Maxtor OneTouch III drive pales by comparison. The ability to manage multiple backup plans and back up files to USB flash drives and even an iPod significantly outstrips the capabilities of the backup software supplied with most other external hard drives. The FreeAgent Pro was also extremely easy to set up and use. Did I mention it looks great? Of course I did. You think I’d forget a thing like that?
Whatâ€™s more, as external drives go, thereâ€™s very little downside to the FreeAgent Pro. It offers a variety of connection options (though the new FireWire 800 is absent, no doubt omitted in favor of eSATA), and I encountered no problems with the driveâ€™s software. Its slim design trades some ruggedness for elegance, so Iâ€™d be careful how you treat it. All in all, I can hardly think of a better solution if youâ€™re looking for reliable external storage with a great bundled software package. Iâ€™d recommend this product to anyone without
hesitation, so Iâ€™m giving it my Editorâ€™s Choice stamp of approval. Iâ€™m left with only one question: how much HD-quality video does it take to fill up 750 glorious gigabytes?
- Attractive styling
- Seagate’s reputation for reliability
- Excellent bundled backup software
- eSATA connectivity
- Competitively priced
- Not well-suited to being carried around
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