Value for Money - 65%
Quality - 88%
Look/Feel - 90%
Extra's/Features - 78%
Everyone these days has an external hard drive, sometimes it is only a flashdrive but a lot of times you need something bigger. Adata has given us the option of getting a ruggedized external hard drive so let’s see how it adds up.
The ADATA HD710 external HDD is and IP68 certified Water and Dust resistant device. The housing is a unique silicone material which also adds shock resistance. It has a sporty look to it and you also have some colour options of Blue, Black or Yellow.
The HDD can be submerged in 1.5 meter-deep water for up to 60 minutes, I tested it for about 40 minutes and it works. For the shock resistance, we tested a drop test and it also passed with flying colours. According to the vendor the HD710 passes the stringent Military MIL-STD-810G 516.6 drop test.
A lot of time cable management is left out of the thought process when it comes to external HDDs but with the HD710 they definitely thought about it, the USB 3.0 cable wraps around the silicone casing tucking it in neatly and out of the way. It also makes the HDD very practicle and easy to carry around.
Here is a video to make sure the USB cover is properly closed for the water and dust resistance:
A Video showcasing ADATA durable HDDs:
With a price point of about R1000 for a 1TB drive it is a bit steep but considering the durability you get it can be worth it. I enjoyed using the ADATA HD710 external HDD, it was easy to carry around and I didn’t have to worry about where the cable is or if the drive is secure.
|Capacity||1TB / 2TB|
|Color||Yellow / Black / Blue|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||132 x 99 x 22 mm (5.2 x 3.9 x 0.9in)|
|Interface||SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)|
|Texture||Plastic / Rubber|
|Opt. Voltage||USB DC 5V|
|System requirements||Windows XP or later|
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Linux Kernel 2.6 or later
|Accessories||USB 3.0 cable; Quick Start Guide|
|Opt. Temperature||5°C (41°F) to 50°C (121°F)|
|Note||Connecting via USB 2.0 requires plugging in to two USB ports for sufficient power delivery. A USB Y-cable will be needed.|
- Great cable management
- USB 3.0 Cable might be a bit soft
- Might rather consider ADATA SD700