47514 – 3.5 inch, USB 2.0 interface, 2TB External Hard Drive from Verbatim
Verbatim has been having External Hard Drives in their product portfolio for a while. The company has now expanded its 3.5″ desktop hard drives range with a new design of External Hard Drive 2.0 line up. Verbatim has made a wise move by not wasting their time and energy in finding a fancy name for their product and instead, they have shown all their creativity on its features. The basic concept behind this device is quite simple and it will for sure take care of all your storage needs for a considerable amount of time in the future. Let us have a detailed look at the features of Verbatim 47514 3.5” External Hard Drive 2TB Capacity, which offers high performance and reliability to both professional and home users.
The low price does mean that some features that you would take for granted on an external hard disk have not made it onto the Verbatim.
The Verbatim 47514 looks fine in its chick, sleek, rectangular steel black casing, giving it a very official look. And so, though the drive cannot be said to be ultra portable, it can be easily slipped inside and laptop bag or briefcase when hurrying off to a business presentation. The fascia of the drive has a single power light and the rear side of the drive sports inputs for power and USB 2.0 cable. The European travelers will be very pleased to know that the power lead comes with an optional two-prong and three-prong adaptors.
Verbatim has offered USB2.0 connectivity and you cannot certainly expect anything more like FireWire or eSATA. These connectivity options are offered only by much more expensive drives.
As you can see, the 47514 model that we are reviewing is having a massive capacity of 2TB. But this model is also available in other smaller capacities like 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB. The capacity of 640GB is quite unusual.
This 2TB Verbatim hard drive is compatible with both Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.1 or higher.
Installation and included software:
As in the case of most of the other latest external hard drives, Verbatim 47514 3.5” External Hard Drive USB 2.0 2TB too has got its backup software, the Nero BackItUp 2 Essentials pre-installed. And hence, installation is extremely easy. All that you have to do is to plug in the drive and once the dialog boxes appear, click over “next” once you read the instructions. With the help of the Nero BackItUp 2 Essentials software, you will be able to do instant backup of files, folders and your entire main hard drive on just plugging in your hard drive using the USB 2.0 cable. This software features include full synchronisation and backup from your PC/laptop internal hard drive.
Features and performance:
The high speed SATA hard disk inside the Verbatim casing delivers a spindle speed of about 2700rpm with transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps and has a buffer size of 8MB. Having a USB2.0 connectivity, the transfer speeds seem to be quite average comparatively. For instance, an 88MB folder with multiple files gets transferred in about 9 seconds and a 1.5GB game gets installed in about three minutes, this rate is without counting the inevitable upgrades and patches that are to be done. The read and write speeds are better than the Freecom Hard Disk Pro, which again is a great value hard disk.
It is fast enough for everyday use, but if you regularly transfer large quantities of data, such as RAW images or HD video, you will benefit from a drive with FireWire or eSATA ports, such as Buffalo’s DriveStation Combo4. Consequently, the performance is substantially lower than the drives that come with more connectivity options.
Cool and Quiet:
The Verbatim 47514 3.5″ 2TB Hard Drive has a very quite operation and this is great for work station. It also remains to be remarkably cool during the operation, courtesy, the ventilation grills on the back of the drive.
The package contents of the Verbatim 47514 external hard drive have the device itself, a quick start up guide in 27 languages, USB2.0 cable, an AC power adapter and Nero BACKITUP 4 Essentials Software.
Verbatim offers its 47514 3.5” USB2.0 External Hard Drive two years manufacturer’s warranty. The low price of the drive is a pleasant surprise, costing just 11p per gigabite. This is the cheapest price that we have ever seen for a 2TB hard drive. Despite the low cost, Verbatim has included efficient software, making the drive a great value for the money.
Verbatim 47514 3.5” USB 2.0 2TB External Hard Drive is the best option if you are looking for a budget drive with massive capacity, with no extra frills, cool and noiseless working. This 3.5” external hard drive is a very reliable companion. Though this is not the fastest performer around, this verbatim model has everything else like good looks, brand reliability and efficiency. This new Verbatim SmartDisk offers more bang per buck than its A-listed rival Western Digital MyBook Studio Edition. It is an extremely hard task for us to spell out an alternative for the same budget.
Verbatim 47514 3.5” External Hard Drive USB 2.0 2TB – Technical Specifications, Features
|Model Name||3.5” USB 2.0 2TB External Hard Drive|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||202mm x 114mm x 40mm|
|Hard disk drive capacity||2TB|
|Other capacities available||500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB|
|Hard disk type||Mechanical|
|Data transfer rate (max)||480 Mbit/s|
|USB 1.1 Full Speed||12 Mb/s (max)|
|Compatible operating systems||Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista
Mac OS 9.x, 10.1 +
|Software||Nero BackItUp 2 Essentials|
|Package contents||Verbatim 47514 external hard drive
A quick start up guide in 27 languages
An AC power adapter
Nero BACKITUP 4 Essentials Software.
|Power consumption||Idle: 4W