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The Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile is a portable model version of the LifeStudio Desk external hard drive by Hitachi.

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Pros

Also includes cloud backup, with a web interface that allows the user to access the files from anywhere

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Bundled with a comprehensive software suite for backup and and entertainment

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Attractive exterior design with a simple dock

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The software has social networking integration as well as an intuitive user interface

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Good product idea in terms of the overall package, with a simple to use backup software and set up process

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Cons

Software suite does not offer media content for all regions, mainly the US only

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More expensive compared to products from WD and Seagate, up to the users to deicide whether the software suite is worth the premium

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In terms of performance and hardware it does not differ from other similar products from the likes of Western Digital and Seagate

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The Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile is a portable model version of the LifeStudio Desk external hard drive by Hitachi. It uses a 5400rpm laptop-sized (2.5") portable hard drive as its main storage, instead of a 7400rpm desktop sized (3.5"). The drive has a cradle that it can sit in at it's main location, but it can be removed from the cradle for transportation. The Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile has all the LifeStudio and Hitachi Backup software. The LifeStudio software creates a 3D interface for browsing and locating files. It quickly the drive for media files and creates a library of files that can be viewed using a 3D wall powered by the Cooliris web browser plugin. The Hitachi Backup software can automatically backup select folders or an entire drive, and backups can be scheduled, constant, or restored. The backup can be made to the LifeStudio drive, or into the cloud, as all LifeStudio drives come with free 2GB of online storage, or paid 250GB online storage. All the software features require a Mac or PC.

Storage Variations
  • 250GB
  • 320GB
  • 500GB
Features
  • LifeStudio software
  • Hitachi Backup software
  • Autoscans media
  • 3D interface for browsing and locating files
  • Automatic backup
  • Online backup
  • Cradle
  • Portable 2.5" size
  • Graphite or platinum covering
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