Toshiba Canvio Connect II Review – More Than Just Your Basic Storage Device

At first glance, the Toshiba Canvio Connect II may just be your average portable external hard drive, but it’s more than just that. To start, it’s not just the type of device that has a large storage space, but it also includes a personal cloud software and a Windows backup software. Not to mention that it has a size which enables you to comfortably fit it inside a jeans pocket.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II Review - More Than Just Your Basic Storage Device

The Toshiba Canvio Connect II is a Storage Device With Great Features

For its dimensions, the Toshiba Canvio Connect II measures in at 0.77 x 3.07 x 4.29-inches and only weighs 0.81-ounces. It is a bit smaller than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra, but both portable external hard drives have the same storage capacity of 2TB.

The Canvio Connect II is available in five colors, them being black, red, white, blue, and satin gold (for those who are looking for a more luxurious looking hard drive). All colors come with a metallic finish which extends to over five of the six sides of the unit. The bottom panel is made with a matte-white finish.

At the top of the drive, there is a circular activity light, with a micro-USB 3.0 port located at the device’s rear where the included USB cable will go in.

For its storage capacity, 2TB is certainly more than enough for people to back up most desktops, and even just about any current laptop. It is formatted for NTFS, and the hard drive comes with an NTFS driver for OS X. For Mac users, they have to format the drive first to HFS+ before they can use it exclusively for their Apple computers. They can also format it to exFAT if they want to use it for both Mac and Windows PCs.

The NTI Backup NOW EZ software is bundled with this portable hard drive, which is used for backing up Windows PCs. The drive also comes with a personal cloud software called PogoPlug PC. With PogoPlug, you can access your files from the Internet via your personal cloud storage. Therefore, should you need a certain file (or files) while you’re out and about, and already have the Canvio Connect II hard drive with you, all you have to do is access the World Wide Web to get your desired documents, images, videos, or other types of data. The personal cloud storage starts at 10GB.

The Toshiba Canvio Connect II has a premium finish, solid build, and great features for its price. It provides an economical solution for storing your personal files and backups. It reads and writes reasonably fast, but there are still others that can beat it in this department. However, if you’re just looking for an external hard drive that looks good and has additional cloud storage, you might want to put this one on your list.

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