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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [11.19.04]
Manufactured by: Seagate, Kingston, Vantec

Lowest Price Finder
Seagate Pocket Drive 5GB: $155 @ NewEgg
Kingston Data Traveler Elite 512MB: $60 @ mWave
Vantec NexStar 2 USB2: $36 @ NewEgg
2.5" HotDrive: $37 @

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The Ringer?

You've already been introduced to the Pocet Drive on the first page, but check out how it looks in action:

Mmmmm... Blue LED. You know you love it.

Anyway, the Seagate Pocket Drive is absolutely tiny in comparison to the HDD enclosures - it measures in at 80mm in diameter. This makes it EASILY pocketable, even for someone like me who can't stand putting things in my pockets (I spent way too much on a PDA/GSM phone, because I couldn't bear carrying two devices).

How does the Pocket Drive handle its cable though? It's not round for no reason you know!

The cable neatly winds up around the device itself (which is ruggedly designed, by the way). At 5GB, there is no way you can get this much storage in such a small form factor. Even the smallest drive based MP3 players like the iPod Mini and Dell Pocket DJ are bulky in comparison, and they require docks and cables to connect to multiple PC's.

I'm sure you're wondering how much this little wonder-device goes for, so here you are: As is often the case, NewEgg carries the lowest price, at $129. TigerDirect nearly matches them however; they have it for $129.99.

That comes to $26 per GB. Sounds like a lot when you compare to the last two HDD based devices we looked at, but compare it to the Kingston Data Traveler Elite, which is not much more portable at all, and it's an absolute bargain (if you recall, flash-based devices carry a $100 per GB premium). So even if there WAS a 5GB flash drive around, it would cost at least $500! The Pocket Drive is quickly looking like a wonderful bargain.

However, there is one thing we have to consider, and that's performance. Let's find out how these drives stack up.

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