Finally to test the real-life speed of the M2 we transfered some photos and large
video files back and forth. The photos were about 4 MB a piece and the videos 8 GB, and
again it's the large files that move faster. For a 2,5" drive the 72,7 MB/s write and
79,3 MB/s read speeds are rather impressive, and even the small file speeds of 44,5 MB/s
write and 54,5 MB/s read are easily higher than USB2 can achieve.
This was our second look at USB3.0 storage, and while these 2,5" hard drives are
always slower than their 3,5" cousins, it became very clear that also these portable
hard drives benefit from the new connection. The real life transfer speeds settled in
between 44,5 MB/s and 79,3 MB/s, which makes moving large amounts of data a real
pleasure compared to the old maximum speed of about 30 MB/s.
The M2 Portable 3.0 also gets thanks for its housing, it's nice to see something new
and nice looking when so many manufacturers just use the shiny black plastic that's
notoriously bad at collecting fingerprints. Really the only downside that we could come
up with was the lack of bundled back up software, many people use primarily use external
drives for back-upping and for less experiences users it's always nice if the necessary
software comes with the device itself.
*) Update 21.06.2011
After publishing the review we were kindly pointed out that Samsung does indeed offer a
backup-software, but users need to download it from their site. This of course removes
even the last small flaw we could point out of the M2-drive, but also adds the question
of why this information is not shared with the customer on the box or the manual?