Transcend has been a dependable brand when it comes to flash-based storage drives. We have today with us the company’s new Storejet 25C3N external hard disk drive, which offers a storage capacity of 1TB.
Most portable hard drives come in the 2.5-inch drive form factor and look a bit bulky. However, this is where the Transcend Storejet 25C3N differentiates itself from the crowd. It comes in a slim and lightweight design and has an overall premium look and feel to it.
In terms of design and build quality, the Transcend Storejet 25C3N’s compact full metal aluminum build gives you an added trust in the device. It feels sturdy in your hand and has chamfered edges. The matte-like paint finish (polished, sandblasted, and anodized) is decent too and isn’t prone to fingerprint smudges.
Speaking about dimensions, the 25C3N measures 114.5-by-78.5-by-9.95mm and weighs just 136-gms. Inside, it packs in a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive, and offers a USB 3.0 interface for connectivity purposes.
Inside the box, you’ll find the Storejet 25C3N, a USB 3.0 data cable, quick start guide, warranty card and flyers of Transcend’s products. Transcend also bundles its Elite Data Management app along with the RecoveRx utility.
The main feature of the RecoveRx utility is to allow users to retrieve important photos that has been deleted by accident, without any additional cost. Other features of the utility includes a formatting tool for SD , MMC and CF memory cards and a password locking tool to add an extra layer of security to a SD and CF card.
The Elite Data Management software that Transcend bundles with the 25C3N is an excellent backup and restore utility. Backing up and restoring assigned files and folders can be done easily with just a few simple steps on the initial configuration.
You can also encrypt and decrypt your data on the drive for privacy and extra security measures. In addition, the utility also allows you to sync data between the selected folders or cloud services such as Dropbox, for extra copy of backup.
Using the device is a walk in the park. For PC, you can just plug it in and start using. However, if you are a Mac user, you will need to format the drive from the default NTFS file system to OS X systems.
In terms of real world tests, we ran the CrystalDiskMark benchmark on the drive to assess its overall performance. We were quite surprised to see that the Storejet 25C3N actually performed slightly better compared to other larger and bulkier external hard disk drives. We clocked a sequential read speed of 128.4 MB/s, while the sequential write speed topped off at 130.9 MB/s.
The Transcend Storejet 25C3N packs in very useful features in a tiny, slim, and beautiful-looking form factor. The drive does everything that it is supposed to, and a bit more. At a price of AED 319 for a 1TB external hard disk drive, some may find it a bit expensive.
Having said that however, the Storejet 25C3N is a high-performing portable hard drive for people who want an attractive and slim-looking drive to carry around. The performance of the device is consistent and the bundled software will offer you peace of mind.
Price: AED 319 (1TB)