Freecom Hard Drive XS review

The rubber enclosure on the Freecom XS not only provides it with an attractive and tactile finish but also absorbs a large amount of the noise produced by the drive itself. The design also means it feels more portable than most desktop drives.

Transfer speeds are above average and even when working with large Photoshop or video files it always stayed fast and responsive. There is no bundled backup software and, once again, if you want to use Time Machine it will need reformatting in Disk Utility.

OUR VERDICT

The only real let down is the password-protection feature, which over multiple attempts failed to recognise the drive in order to complete the setup. As a backup solution or working hard drive, this unassumingly stylish product would otherwise suit most people, though you are paying slightly more for the slimmed down design.

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