How do you celebrate 35 years in the storage business? You release the world’s thinnest external drive of course. The Seagate Seven is a new frontier in portable storage, so not only is it extremely cool looking, but it is only 7 mm thick with a capacity of 500 GB. That may not sound that exciting, but jamming that much storage into something that is 7 mm thick is a pretty big achievement.
The Seagate Seven first debuted back in January during CES 2015, and not only were we impressed with the overall look, but also the very budget friendly price of $100. But besides the 7 mm thickness, it also resembles what the top portion of a traditional internal hard drive would look like – without the thickness. The enclosure is entirely made of steel and is surprisingly lightweight, weighing in at 6.3 ounces.
Along the bottom of the Seven you will find the USB 3.0 connector that works to transfer storage as well as power the device. What that means is that there is no unnecessary cables to carry. Seagate also allows for the device to be backwards compatible, so that it can connect to a USB 2.0 port as well. Unfortunately, even when connected to a computer using USB 3.0, the data transfer rates on the Seven is quite slow. When we ran benchmarks, we saw an average of 110MBps read speeds and 52MBps write speeds.
Out of the box, the Seagate Seven is compatible with both Mac and Windows and comes pre-loaded with Seagate Dashboard, an app that gives users access to easy file management tools and the ability to work with Dropbox for instance, or other cloud services. Lastly, Seagate Dashboard will make sure to keep your Seven in check with firmware updates and access to maintenance tools to help keep it in tip-top shape.
Comparing it to the rest of Seagate’s offerings, the Seven is not one of Seagate’s faster drives. It’s not meant to compete with the faster drives – but to be a portable, attractive and affordable backup solution. That said, you need to think of the Seagate Seven as almost a larger capacity flash drive – good enough to transfer important files efficiently, while being a lovely talking piece at the same time. Would you use this for heavy video editing? No. But for that, Seagate offers many other capable devices. So while this isn’t the fastest hard drive, it is one divine and unique looking external hard drive.
Overall, the Seagate Seven is a toss and go hard drive that even the most snobbiest of techies would find compelling to use. The Seagate Seven currently retails for $99.99 on Amazon.Buy it!
The Good: The slimmest hard drive in the world – for now. Good looking device that is easily portable and will appeal to both techies and non-techies alike. Budget friendly. Supports both Windows and Mac.
The Bad: Limited to 500 GB in capacity. Not a very fast drive.