August 15, 2013
Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
Silicon Power Computer & Communications Inc., founded in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic specialists in International Business, Global Marketing, and Technical Engineering of flash data storage industry. Well dedicated in brand image and product quality, Silicon Power has been recognized and well accepted by millions of end-users in more than 100 countries, becomes the world’s leading manufacturer of flash memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers, DRAM modules, solid state disks, and portable hard drives in less than a decade. Headquartered in Taipei, we continuously established various branches throughout the world including Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Mainland China and other emerging market to reach the worldwide market.
About the Product
Today we are going to have a look at Armor A80 1TB USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive from silicon power . This drive is of the toughest drives in the world which are manufactured to bear all the impacts and also work well in wet conditions . Overview of all its military features are below ,
General Features and Specifications
The general specifications of this hard drive are following ,
- Dimensions: 139 x 94 x 18.1 mm
- Weight: 270g
- Standard ComplianceUSB 3.0 / 2.0
- Data Transfer RatesMax. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0 Mode)
Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0 Mode)
- Power SupplyDC 5V (Power supplied through USB)
- Supported Operating Systems?Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Linux 2.6.31 or later, MacOS 10.4 or later
- Color: Blue
Some of the salient Features are following ,
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB2.0
- High transferring rate up to 5Gb/s
- Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
Meet the water resistant standard “IEC 529 IPX7”
- Meet the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD-810F 516.5 procedure IV (transit drop test)
Anti-pressure and anti-dust function
Cable carry design
- Easy Plug and Play operation – no drives required
- USB powered – no external adapter necessary
SP Widget free download software features seven main functions to maximize your SP Portable Hard Drive
- Package Contents: Armor A80, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide & Utility Disc
Unboxing and Packaging
Armor A80 comes in black box with a small transparent window which shows the the HDD from inside , Also you can see that the model of the HDD along with the capacity and many other features on the bottom left side .
Once you open the box , you will found the following items .
-Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive
-USB3.0 Extension DATA cable
A Closer look at the Drive
Armor A80 , from its name you can figure out that it is made to withstand impacts and perform well even in damp conditions . The outer case of the Armor A80 is brushed aluminium type although the enclosure of the HDD is made very perfect , and its seal tight so not water could seep through it . Also note that the brand logo is printed on the front side of the HDD
On the right side of the HDD , you can see the small USB3.0 data cable which can be placed with the HDD so you dont lose it . This is very nice feature you may say . Note that this is very short length cable so you have to use the provided USB3.0 cable .
On the left side , of the HDD you will find the USB 3.0 port along with the cover to protect from dust .
You can see in the below picture that , the Drive inside the enclosure is of Toshiba and this is 2.5inch 5400 RPM drive . But still its very amazing to see this drive performing as fast as normal drives do .
Also you can see that there is padding of rubber foam to protect drive from shocks and jerks during operation or whatever the case is .
Benchmarking and Testing
We tested this HDD , by using our test rig having following components .
- Intel Corei5 3570K CPU
- MSI b75-g43 Gaming Motherboard
- ADATA 16GB 2400MHz Memory
- ADATA 256 GB SSD
- Thermaltake 600watt PSU
Before running the benchmarks , we drop this portable hard disk from various heights of 3ft , 5ft , 8ft and 10ft . Also we threw a litre of water on it from every side to make sure that its waterproof .
We run simple benchmark test which was enough to squeeze every bit of speed from this drive . We ran ATTO DISK , CrystalDisk Mark and HDTUNE .
In the End ( Conclusion )
In the end , all we have to say that this is one the best and toughest portable hard drive from Silicon Power which not only provides protection but also provide the amazing speeds .
From appearance to the performance , everything thing is top notch . The HDD looks classy and elegant and its light weight . Also the USB3.0 is plus point which is responsible for great number of speeds . Also this drive is backed up by 3 year warranty . So in my opinion this is one of the budget friendly portable HDD which you can use for every purpose .
There are some things which can be improved like the outer casing of the drive , it would be better that if more padding or rubber covering is placed so protect the outer shell from scratches . But nevertheless , this looks great as it is .