ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD
|ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD|
|Features and Specifications|
|Abuse-Proof and Final Thoughts|
It's been almost a year since we looked at our last mechanical hard drive - and that one was also a rugged drive. We took at a look at the Silicon Power A30 drive that was shock-proof and while it lived up to it's claims, we pushed it far beyond the limit and ended up destroying it before we were all done. This time around we have a slightly different approach to the rugged testing that tests both IP68 waterproofing as well as impact resistance as well. We've learned a few things since the last time and we are back to test yet another drive to see how it compares in terms of file performance as well as the MIL-STD-810G rating and the aforementioned IP68 testing as well.
There are a couple of reasons to consider a drive like the ADATA HD710A - and that is the cost as well as good performance that fits in your briefcase. This drive is a generous 1TB and comes in at a price-point of a mere $70 online. For that price, you can sacrifice some of the performance of and SSD in exchange for a drive that holds 8x more.
ADATA has a lot of different models of external drives and if you insist on top-end performance, there are some SSDs options as well. However, if you are looking for a drive that is still quite pocketable and you need 1TB of storage, this is a great option in their lineup and offers more protection than some of their entry-levels drives and does so at a very modest price.
The ADATA HD710A is a pretty basic piece of kit. It comes in a standard understated box that is very typical of ADATA. The box does have enough information on it to convince you that the drive should fulfill your needs and save your movie collection for use on the road. The drive comes with a user manual that should be pretty self-explanatory. Also included standard micro-USB 3.0 cable that is standard with many UltraSpeed HDDs.
A closer look at the drive shows that it is quite a rugged enclosure as it is sealed from dust and moisture and contains a think rubber bumper on the edges and on quite a bit of the front and back of the drive. This should offer a lot more protection that the rubber corners that we saw on the SP A30 drive. Still, having more rubber around the edges doesn't guarantee that it is better and this drive still has to live up to the water-proof IP68 claims.
One area of concern with the ADATA HD710A is that the dust and moisture rating are completely dependant on whether or not you've got the USB plug securely in place. That being said, mobile devies such as the Sony Xperia Z3 also require the plug be securely installed in order to meet the IP68 rating, but on a phone that will be more likely to happen. With the drive you'll have to make a conscious effort to properly insert the plug in order to keep it safe.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications before we see what's inside and jump into testing.