|Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus 500GB External Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Friday, 24 September 2010|
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HLSMPUA5001ABB Detailed Features
Since the LifeStudio Mobile Plus is meant to be used as a portable unit, the hard drive dock provides a quick and easy way to mount and hold the drive as well as synchronize the contents between the drive, the USB key and the host computer. The dual portability allows more flexibility while on the go.
Sometimes it is only necessary to carry a small capacity of files between computers. Many college students rely USB keys to house their important work while they travel between home, the computer lab and class. Mobile workers may also face similar needs where a smart phone simply won't provide the storage space or interface that is required. In these situations a large USB key is a perfect choice for portability and compatibility. The Mobile Plus comes with a 4 GB USB drive that quickly mounts to the front of the drive.
In other circumstances it may be desirable to transport a great deal more files than will fit on a USB key. One potential application occurs when computer technicians make on-site visits to repair a crashed computer. There are a host of recovery and repair DVD's to help provide the necessary tools, but sometimes all that is needed is a large hard drive to create and restore an image or to temporarily receive and transmit user files. Regardless of the reason for needing lots of space, the Mobile Plus makes this option as easy as grabbing the USB key because the hard drive easily docks and undocks.
Both the USB and hard drives are powered and communicate by means of the USB port on the back of the dock. The dock comes with a special USB cable that has one jack for the dock and two jacks for the computer. The second jack allows power to be drawn from a second USB port. The dock also includes a DC power jack but the power adapter must be purchased separately.
Considering the capacity and features of the LifeStudio hardware the system has quite a small footprint. The base measures less than four inches in either direction. A rubber pad across the bottom keeps the dock from sliding.
The USB key has quite standard construction and dimensions. It is slightly thicker than many drives that are being made and probably won't fit well between two adjacent ports. The top of the USB drive has the same glossy finish as the front of the dock, and the bottom is accented in the same blue plastic.
The cap slides off as normal but remains attached to the drive by three strips of flexible plastic.The underside of the USB drive has a recessed, rectangular cutout where four metal pads are exposed. These pads allow the USB key to operate while connected to the front of the dock.
All of these features could be removed and the LifeStudio theme would still remain strong. It is the options provided by the different models that make each device more useful in different contexts. This model (HLSMPUA5001ABB) is geared towards users who are mobile and like to have flexibility in their portable storage. Other models available are the "Mobile", "Desk" and "Desk Plus". The mobile has a simple dock and no USB key. The Desk version has a stationary drive with a larger capacity. The Desk Plus has the stationary drive and large capacity but also includes a dockable USB key. All models come with the innovative software.