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Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

from  $57.99+
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89 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim makes a lot of promises in its name, and manages to more than fulfill them by packing prime performance into a svelte exterior. It also does both at a great price, making this a prime solution for your portable storage needs.

The "Slim" part of its name is handily apparent, as Computer Shopper reports it's the "thinnest of any drive at the 2TB capacity," with its thickness not even topping a half inch. The Wirecutter says it's even "thinner than my smartphone in an Otterbox case." It's not quite as tough, as StorageReview notes "the covers flex inward until they touch the drive inside if you grip it with your fingers hard enough." However, Computer Shopper found it scratch-resistant, and The Wirecutter says it's still "very sturdy" and "should hold up to normal bag friction."

You'll definitely want to throw this in your bag and take it to the office, or on your next vacation to back up photos -- while it doesn't blow larger drives out of the water in terms of performance, StorageReview thinks it "will get the job done for most mainstream users" with the upshot of a "skinny form factor."

The Backup Plus Slim might top other drives in the speed department, but it's fast enough to get the job done and small enough to go anywhere. And, with its low price, you're getting far more than your money's worth -- you might as well buy two.
89 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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70
ZZorken
For a harddrive that can store up to 1tB of data only being powered via USB,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
Fast and affordable, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is one of the best deals on the market for those who want lots of storage space on the go.
 
90
StorageReview
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim has a lot to like, including its great performance, unbeatable price and one of the best bundled software suites for managing backups both locally and on the go.
 
90
Wirecutter
Compared to the competition, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is more compact, lighter, and faster. It has a low failure rate and the casing is nice and sturdy.
 
100
Techgage
The fact that 2TB can be had for about $100 in a form-factor with a mere half-inch thickness is, to me, incredible. With its feature-rich, easy-to-use software (which I still think needs Dropbox/Drive/etc support), the fantastic value of the product somehow manages to further increase.
 
80
Computer Shopper
A handsomely designed drive with good software, the Slim is a fine performer at a mass-market price. It's a good choice for anyone shopping for a solid portable hard drive.
 
70
NDTV Gadgets
If you're looking for a quick, no-fuss external drive with a dash of style, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is a sensible choice. Whether you use it for backups, general storage or transporting data, it will serve all your needs.
 
90
TweakTown
If you are on the market for a small form factor storage solution, you certainly cannot go wrong with the Backup Plus Slim. With its excellent two-year warranty period, along with ample performance, this is a great all-around solution.
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