By Neil Bennett | on December 18, 2006
Price When Reviewed: 74 . 84 . 121 . 77
Pros: Great looks. USB 2.0 and FireWire connections. Y-shaped USB cable to ensure full power delivery.
Cons: No option of 7,200rpm drive.
Hard drives aren’t the most exciting part of a designer’s desktop, so it’s always nice when one comes along that combines aesthetics with functionality.
The Disk mini has obviously been designed with Apple’s Macbook laptop in mind, but it’ll look great in any creative workspace. It's available in two versions, the white Oxygen and the black Raven. As with the MacBook, there’s a price premium for the black version, but it’s only a matter of a few pounds.
The drive is small enough to slip into a back pocket and as light as an iPod.
Its smooth, shiny exterior is only broken up by a lightly embossed Formac logo, red and green connection/transfer lights, and a line of connections at the back.
It’s tough and largely immune to scratches – though not fingerprints – and there’s a shock absorption system to soak up minor knocks caused by regularly carrying it around.