Toshiba Canvio Review

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It's obvious from user complaints that the Toshiba Canvio has a serious problem with its cable: It keeps popping out of the drive's connector, a frustrating problem that aggravates many users. Although this drive performs well overall, the cable issue can't be ignored.

The price of the Toshiba Canvio (starting at $85, Amazon) is competitive with other inexpensive 500GB external hard drives, but Toshiba Canvio reviews take it out of the running. An annoying design flaw in the connector cable on the EO5A050CAU3XS version prompts angry users to post critical reviews on sites such as Amazon and Newegg. Consumers concede that this drive includes good backup software, delivers fast data transfer speeds, and boasts a sleek design. But many also argue that a short cable that's quite stiff and pops out of the port all too easily is an annoyance too major to overlook. Additionally, some report that the drive failed to recognize users' computers or simply stopped working shortly after purchase. A newer model, the HDTC605XK3A1 (starting at $80, Amazon), doesn't seem afflicted with the same cable connector problems, at least according to a different set of Toshiba Canvio reviews posted on Amazon.

The Toshiba Canvio is available in a variety of storage sizes, including 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB. It spins at a standard 5,400RPM, supports both USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections, and comes with bundled backup software. Just like most of the drives we researched, you'll have to reformat this model to make it work with a Mac. It weighs 5.2 ounces and measures 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.53 inches.

Where to buy

This drive performs well and looks classy, and it sells at a good price. But based on the Toshiba Canvio reviews we've seen, a redesign of the cable was called for and seems to have placed high on the company's must-do list. So if you're hankering for a Toshiba Canvio, think twice about purchasing the older EO5A050CAU3XS model. The newer HDTC605XK3A1 may have resolved the problem, but there aren't enough reviews yet to ascertain for sure.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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