USB flash drives are a great option for data storage when small size, light weight and portability are needed. But at the same time that flash memory has gotten faster and cheaper with greater capacity, so too have traditional hard drives, and with the popularity of tablets and smaller laptops, they've received a reduction in size as well. Most SATA interface SSDs use the 2.5" notebook format and nearly all of these are going to the new 7mm (thickness) standard. What this means is that it's possible to get a large capacity external drive that is not much bigger or heavier than a flash drive but with a lot more storage capacity.
The item that we have for review today is one of the smallest and lightest external hard drives available, the ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720. Inside its attractive brushed steel skin lies 500GB of storage, accessible via a fast USB 3.0 powered connection. With a size and weight less than most smartphones, the DashDrive Elite easily fits in your pocket or travel bag and with only one cable to worry with, you're not going to be tied to a socket either.
Join us as we take a closer look at the ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720.