Seagate has updated its Backup Plus Slim portable hard driveline with new 1TB and 2TB capacities. We initially evaluated the Slim in 2014 and found it a fantastic portable solution with good management software and low pricing. The Backup Plus Slim comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities and is available in light blue, black, or brushed metal.
Seagate did not add any new capacity models this time, which is frustrating because we haven't seen an increase since the first release. However, the new Backup Plus Slim features a sleek new design that enables USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections and works with both Windows and Mac systems straight out of the box.
The Slim is a highly portable gadget, measuring about 4.5 inches long, just over 3 inches broad, and half an inch thick. And, while these figures show that it is somewhat more significant than the 2014 model by little more than 1 or 2 millimeters in each dimension.
It is also significantly lighter. It does, however, come in three sleek hues (black, silver, and light blue) and has a rough metal surface that gives it a good, solid feel in the palm of your hand. It also fits well in a standard-sized pocket.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the company's newest portable drive product. Even if we would have like to see the maximum capacity increased to 4TB, the new Slim still has a lot to offer.
It has a novel woven fabric pattern design that makes it one of the more slick-looking drives available. It's available in three distinct colors and sizes of 1TB or 2TB, and it performs better than prior versions. The drive uses USB 3.0 and comes with premium memberships to Mylio Create and Adobe Creative Cloud Photography.
Because of its large storage capacity and USB 3.0 interface, the Backup Plus Slim is comparable with other pocket-size drives. It took 15 seconds to copy our regular 1.2GB test folder. That's a little quicker than the Toshiba Canvio Slim II but slightly slower than the G-Technology G-Drive (10 seconds), which features a faster 7,200rpm mechanism.
The drive outperformed the Toshiba drive in the PCMark 7 disc test, scoring 1,595 points (1,488). The drive scored 114Mbps read, and 112Mbps write speeds on the Blackmagic disc test, which is somewhat slower than the G-Drive. Most regular users will find the disc ideal for backup and file copying.
Ultimately, the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim is an excellent addition to the Seagate mobile storage lineup. It has decent transfer speeds for its class, which will suit most typical use cases for ordinary consumers or mobile workers. A stylish design distinguishes it from the plethora of other portable storage devices on the market.