Final thoughts and the conclusion
- Fast USB3 connection
- Good file copying performance
- Stylish and rugged construction
- Low noise and vibration levels
- Reasonable backup software included
- Did not require the additional USB power cable
- Good value for money
- The supplied 1 meter USB3 cable is rather short.
PC users have been backing up their data for years, and most sensible users have used either optical media or an external HDD for this purpose. An external HDD makes so much sense these days, the capacity is large and an HDD is certainly more robust than optical media. USB3 is almost perfect for an external HDD, it’s much faster than USB2 and only requires a single cable to send and receive data and supply the power to the drive, unlike eSATA which requires a secondary power source.
The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 performed extremely well in our tests. They were capable of transferring large files from our host PC at very nearly 100MB per second, much faster than USB2 and as fast as eSATA. Small files such as MP3 audio files also proved to be no trouble at all to the StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3, and small file transfer speeds were also very impressive for a 2.5 inch HDD.
The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 were also nicely styled and constructed very robustly. My personal favourite was the StoreJet 25M3, it was nice to handle as well as looking great.
Noise and vibration levels were extremely low, and this is something that I personally find important. I just hate background noise, and the StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 proved to be extremely quiet in operation.
The only real negative thing we could say about the Transcend StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 was, the supplied USB3 cable was rather short at 1 meter in length. We would like to see the cable length being increased to 1.5 meters.
We found the Transcend StoreJet 25M3 for sale at Amazon UK for £81.83, which is 98.46 Euros at the current exchange rate. The US price for the Transcend StoreJet 25M3 is $99 at the time of writing. Amazon UK also stocked the StoreJet 25D3 for a very reasonable £87.36, or 105.11 Euros at the current exchange rate.
For an external USB3 2.5 inch HDD, the price is attractive.
The Transcend StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 are attractive, affordable, fast, and quiet, and make perfect sense for backing up files that you intend to carry from one place to the next.
With very little negative things to mention and loads of good things to say, we decided to give the Transcend StoreJet 25M3 and 25D3 our MyCE.com “Safe Buy” award.
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