Storage Solutions: InSight™ USB Portable Hard Drive with Display

I have quite a few portable hard drives floating around my work area that I use for transporting files to and from clients, work and home. Recently I discovered the InSight™ by Verbatim and was impressed by the Always On LCD display feature that continuously shows how much space is available along with a personalized name for the drive. Finally a solution that doesn’t require post-it notes or mailing labels suck on my hard drives to help me distinguish between them. The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC. Compatible with all current USB standards the InSight comes with everything you need to get started. Nero BackItUp is included with the drive and offers full system backup and restore functions with optional password security.

The drive is compact and doesn’t lack on storage capacity. Available in a sleek piano black finish the InSight has capacities of either 320GB or 500GB. Backed by a company that has a reputation as a leader in providing archival quality storage solutions the drive also carries a 5-year limited warranty.

Pro: Overall a great performing product with quick performance coupled with ease of use. The Always On display makes it the perfect product to help keep things organized, especially if you have a lot going on. It separates it from its competition by keeping you well informed even when disconnected. Other pluses are that it is Windows and Mac compatible and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Cons: Wish it had more ports supporting Firewire 400 and 800. I know that people say that USB 2.0 connections are fast but call me old fashioned but I still prefer a Firewire connection. The data transfer rate for USB 2.0 High-Speed is 480 Mb/s while at USB 1.1 the max speeed of 12 MB/s, which is not terrible but I like the flexibility for additional connections. The USB mini-B port is a bit awkward as it is so small, I am afraid I might break it. But I worry about that with everything I own.

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