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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Seagate Seven is named for its impressive 7mm profile -- which makes it the thinnest portable drive available right now. But with its mediocre transfer speeds, looks are the only reason to buy this over more traditionally-styled external drives.

The Seven might look like "a bare internal hard drive" to PC World Australia, but they "like the way it looks and also the way it feels," and Computer Shopper says the way the outer casing outlines the drive inside "reminds us of Han Solo frozen in carbonite." ChipChick calls it "divine and unique looking," and PC Mag concludes "you're buying the Seagate Seven for its looks." That includes a tough build that survived a fall from desks at both the TweakTown and CNET offices, and PC Mag says "it's sturdy enough to survive being taken along on your daily commute."

And what about the Seven's vaunted 7mm thickness? Well, Computer Shopper notes that its "impressively thin metal shell" is probably slimmer than your smartphone. However, PC World Australia notes that the thinness is offset by the drive's other dimensions, though the extra length and width shouldn't be a problem "unless you want to place the drive in your shirt pocket for some reason."

Unfortunately, the petit profile of the Seagate Seven comes at a cost to its performance, which ChipChick notes is "quite slow" and PC Mag found it "took a leisurely 28 seconds to copy our test folder over USB 3.0." But TweakTown says performance was "on par with expectations," and PC World Australia called it "reliable." Users who have to transfer a lot of small files will find it especially adequate, with PC Advisor noting it turned in "some of the best figures" among drives they tested in this particular use case.

The Seagate Seven has what it takes to survive a trip in your bag or to occupy a place of honor on your desk. Sure, it's not the fastest drive around, but if you're the type of user who needs to transfer large files very quickly, you probably don't care what your external drive looks like. For users who spend more time admiring the way it looks than transferring data to it, the Seagate Seven will do just fine.

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Type
Portable hard drive
Storage space
5001
Drive type
Platter
USB
Yes
Type
Storage space
Drive type
USB
Portable hard drive
5001
Platter
Yes

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