Freecom Mobile Drive Mg
This sleek magnesium drive was clearly designed for the MacBook market with its unibody-shaped profile and coloured in the silver that is synonymous with Apple products. The Freecom Mobile Drive Mg is USB powered with a 2.5-inch 7mm hard drive available in capacities from 500GB to 1.5TB.
With a magnesium enclosure, the Mg weighs next to nothing but without it feeling cheap or tacky. It would have been so easy for Freecom to compromise on the build quality and materials, but the end result is a solid and refined drive that could easily be mistaken for being an Apple product. At just 10mm thin, the Freecom Mg is one of the slimmest mobile hard drives available on the market today at 170g one of the lightest too.
The Freecom Mg comes with a variety of port options including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and more recently, Freecom updated the drive with a Thunderbolt option.
Out of the box, the drive comes pre-formatted with HFS+ so it’s ready for storing files over 4GB on Mac systems. Windows users aren’t left out as there’s nothing stopping you from reformatting the drive to suit your OS.
Freecom Mg is quiet and performant. Transfer of a 1.2GB file over USB 2.0 takes about 35 seconds giving a throughput of 34MB/s. Considering USB 2.0 throughput is 35MB/s, the drive certainly has more to give. Doing the same test over USB 3.0 gave a very respectable speed of 98 MB/s.
At the time of writing this, the 500GB model can be purchased for around £70. Equivalent drives can be had for nearly half the price but you certainly won’t get it in packaging as beautifully designed and well-made as the Freecom Mobile Drive Mg.