April 5, 2014
Silicon Power Armor A15 500GB USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
Today we are going to have a look at Silicon Power Armor A15 USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive . Inherited shockproof protection from the Armor series, SP Armor A15 is built in a shock-resistant silica gel case, increasing friction from falling off from slippery surfaces. On top of that, jagged shaped grips on the two sides are exquisitely designed for users to better hold of the drive. The internal suspension system structure makes Armor A15 function properly, without risking a chance of losing data. When it comes to data security, A15 has passed the test in compliance with stringent US military MIL-STD-810F (transit drop test), giving users a full range of protection when you accidently drop it on the ground.
Features and Specifications
The Specifications and the features of the A15 are shown in the following ,
Packaging and Unboxing
Armor A15 comes in pretty standard packaging from Silicon Power for the Portable Hard Drives . On the front side , You can see the Silicon Power logo . Note that this PHD has earned reddot design award for 2013 year . On the left side you can see some of the salient features like ShockProof , 3 years warranty , and one touch backup button . Also below it , The capacity in this 500GB is written .
On the backside , there is nothing much written except some of the specifications and the included items inside the box .
After opening the box , You would find the following items included . These are the general items included in every packaging of PHD from Silicon Power
– Silicon Power Armor A15 USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive
– USB 3.0 DATA Cable
Closer Look at A15
The Silicon Power is very good in making the design for their Armor series hard drive . Armor A15 also has a very protective and innovative design for which it definitely deserves the Red Dot Design Award . First of all the color scheme which they chose is amazing . The surface texture is good and great at feeling . The logo is placed in the middle of the drive . The material used in this is shockproof and rubberised material to absorb any jerk .
On the sides of the Armor A15 green color rubber is installed to provide you a better grip and also to give a colorful design look to the drive .
The USB 3.0 port is located on the top of the drive . Note that this USB port is specific to the provided data cable . Also the one touch backup button is located near the USB 3.0 port. You can press the button once to take the backup of the data stored in the drive . This feature is very efficient and handy .
Benchmarking And Testing
The rig we will be using to test this PHD has following components installed ,
- Intel Corei5 3570K 3.4GHz
- MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard
- ADATA XPG 16GB 2400MHz RAM
- Silicon Power V70 120GB SSD
The benchmarks software we used for testing are ,
- CrystalDisk Mark
- AIDA64 Disk Read Suite
The pictures of results of the benchmarks are below ,
In the End ( Verdict )
In the End , The only thing we are going to say is that once again the Silicon Power has proved that their PHD are one of the quality products in the market . Their Armor series are definitely made upto the standards . Even with our testing we dropped this PHD from 3 , 4 ,5 ,7 ft height which is not the common case in daily life but still it survived the benchmark and showed out great read and write speeds.
As far as about the design , the design is amazing and unique . The one touch button is great to have for backup facility so that you wont need any additional software to make backup of your data . Also the performance of this PHD is great . The read and write speeds upto 100 and 80 MB/s is a great score .