In 2007 Seagate
launched a line of external hard drives that they named the "Free Agent" series. They coupled the performance and reliability of Seagate's internal drives with stylish enclosures and useful software; offering models to suit a variety of applications. The most portable version of this series of external drives was called the "Free Agent Go", and Seagate has recently refreshed the design with a whole new line up.
The new Free Agent Go drives feature an ultra compact, brushed metal enclosure available in a variety of colors. On the inside there is a 2.5", 5400RPM hard drive with a capacity ranging from 250GB to 500GB. This review is going to take a look at a 320GB model, and as the promotional image below reveals it happens to be colored blue.
Before taking a look at the Free Agent Go 320GB external hard drive provided for review, let's look at some published data on it taken from the official product page
on the Seagate website.
Features and Specifications:
» Capacity: 320 GB
» Model Number: ST903203FBA2E1-RK
» USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
» Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
» Drive Dimensions: 0.49" in H x 3.15" in W x 5.12" in L (12.5mm x 80mm x 130mm)
» Drive Weight: 5.64 oz (0.16 kg)
» Dock Dimensions: 1.16" in H x 3.34" in W x 2.40" in L (29.50 mm x 84.85 mm x 61.04 mm)
» Dock Weight: 6.35 oz (0.18 kg)
» Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista with USB Port
The images below show the clear plastic shell that the Free Agent Go is sold in. While it is a novel package that gives you a good look at the product, it unfortunately requires you to hack your way in with scissors. The front and back of the package include details on the drive's features and specifications, as well as some estimates regarding its capacity. You might expect to store 102,400 digital photos, 80,000 MP3 audio files, or up to 320 hours of movies.
This review is also going to cover a set of accessories intended for use with the Free Agent Go series of drives. A docking station and travel case are sold together, but separately from the drive itself. The packaging is just about the same as found on the drive, and the dock is featured far more prominently than the travel case.