This HDD has obviously been designed with style and portability as a priority. Very small and light and with a striking graphic on the top of the case, it certainly has the 'wow' factor aesthetically and when you realise that it holds 500GB and can easily fit in your pocket,it looks all the more impressive.'Funky' said CC junior and I must agree it is the most stylish external HDD I have seen.
Style is however useless without substance but I am pleased to say this little unit is also a very good performer.
OK, it actually holds slightly less than that (showing 465GB free when installed but that also includes the 'free'software (McAfee, NTI, pdf of the manual etc.)but is essentially ready to plug and play on Windows.
Installed on a W7 machine, it was recognised straight away. No power supply (takes its power from the host machine via the short USB connector cable), my one concern would be that laptop users recognise that it will draw power from your host machine's battery. I have tested it on a desktop so cannot honestly comment as to whether that is an issue.
Personally wish manufacturers would stop bundling so called free trial software with hardware and I deleted the McAfee but many might welcome its inclusion so very much a personal choice as to what to do with it. NTI backup is also provided although I haven't used it, personally preferring the W7 and conventional back up methods.
Manual is on a pre-loaded pdf but frankly there is not a lot of interest in it other than noting the warning to utilise 'safely remove hardware' before disconnecting from the host machine's USB port.
Very quiet and hardly any noise audible even when working hard.No heat build up obvious and with two rubber 'ridges' on its base which stop it sliding around (essential when it is so small and light), I can see this sitting easily on any workspace and getting a lot of favourable comments on its size and appearance. Add the impressive performance, obvious portability and it seems a winner, save the comment re it using the host machine's power.
If physical size,style and portability are not key buying issues, better value external HDD drives would probably be best looked at but given that proviso, I would give this 5/5. Well done Toshiba....