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The Hitachi LifeStudio Desk is the least portable option of external hard drive in the LifeStudio line.

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Pros

Relatively easy setup, plug-and-play with PC or Mac

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Software improves file organization by allowing image previews

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Stylish slim aesthetic

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Onboard LifeStudio software organizes multimedia files well, much better than default software included with many other products

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Cons

On-board software is mandatory and takes up almost 300MB of space, cannot be deleted

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Software cannot group files together by date

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Power light is faint and can be difficult to tell if unit is on

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The Hitachi LifeStudio Desk is the least portable option of external hard drive in the LifeStudio line. It exchanges the portability for increased size and lower price point. As it is a desk variant, it uses a full sized 7400rpm 3.5" desktop hard drive as its main storage. The drive is built directly into a stand so that it can be placed vertically to save space. Included with the drive are LifeStudio and Hitachi Backup software. This adds software features to the drive, using the Cooliris web browser plugin as the base for 3D browsing and locating files, as well as folder scanning that creates a library of media files. The Hitachi Bakcup will automatically backup and sync select folders or an entire drive, and backups can be scheduled, constant, or restored. The user can choose to backup to the LifeStudio drive, or into the cloud, either the included 2GB space or the paid 250GB space.

Storage Variations
  • 500GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
Features
  • Syncs with USB key
  • 4GB MicroSD Key with dock
  • Autoscans media
  • 3D interface for browsing and locating files
  • Automatic backup
  • Online backup
  • Built-in stand
  • USB 2.0
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