Mobile Drive XXS review
Freecom claims its new XXS drive is one of the world’s smallest USB 2.0 drives. We have seen smaller drives, but they don’t offer the same high capacity as the XXS (250GB for our review unit, with 160GB and 320GB models also available).
The secret of the super-slimline design is very simple. Freecom has stripped the drive mechanism down to its bare-metal bones and then wrapped it in a slim black rubber sleeve. The end result is a lightweight unit that measures just 109.8x 79.5x13.5mm. It’s certainly small enough to slip into a pocket when you’re ready to leave home. The thin rubber sleeve isn’t especially rugged, but then none of these portable drives are designed to take rough handling so that’s not a major weakness.
It’s pre-formatted for use with Windows PCs, but the manual explains how to reformat for Macs, and it took no time at all to get the drive plugged in and ready to go. Test performance was in line with the other USB drives in this group (92 seconds), and at just £60 the price tag is almost as small as the drive itself.