Model: Transcend 500GB StoreJet 25D3 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Manufacturer: Transcend
Provided By: Transcend USA

While a relatively new name in the storage industry, Transcend Information has a history that goes back more than 20 years. Founded in 1988 by Peter Shu, this Taiwanese company got its start by offering the "JetMate" laser printer driver and the "KeyPro" software protection system. As time went on, Transcend expanded into the memory market, launching its own line of desktop and notebook memory products. Today, Transcend's product lineup includes more than 2,000 memory modules as well as USB flash drives, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSD).

Along with their flash based storage solutions, Transcend offers a growing number of external hard drives. This spring, the company introduced its first USB 3.0 compatible drive, the StoreJet 25D3. Available in 500GB and 640GB capacities, this portable hard drive is capable of reading and writing at speeds as high as 90 MB/s. The StoreJet 25D3 also features an internal hard drive suspension system which helps to prevent data loss caused by accidental slips or falls during travel. Last but not least, the drive comes with Transcend's StoreJet elite software and is covered by a 3-year warranty.

  Transcend 500GB StoreJet 25D3 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
General Specifications
Capacity 500GB
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Buffer 8MB
Rotational Speed 5,400 RPM
Interfaces USB 2.0/3.0
Transfer Speeds USB 3.0: up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: up to 480 Mb/s
Operating Voltage 5V DC supplied by USB

Operating Temperature 5°C (41°F) to 55°C (131°F)

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (L x W x H) 129.9 × 82.1 × 17.3 mm
Weight 191g

Other Features
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0
Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
USB powered
256-bit AES file and folder encryption
Power saving sleep mode
Multicolor LED indicator light
Includes StoreJet elite backup and security software
3 year warranty

With specs and features like this, it's hard not to be impressed by the StoreJet 25M3. However, as you all know by now, we're not ones to take things at face value. In this review, we'll take a closer look at Transcend's new portable hard drive and then put it through its paces to see how well it performs. Does the StoreJet 25M3 have what it takes? Keep reading as we find out.

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