Technology has a tendency to move fast, and as a result, your reign on top might only last a few days. Just ask Toshiba, which at the beginning of the week unveiled its 500GB Canvio Slim, a portable drive it proudly billed as the world’s thinnest at 9mm thick. By the end of the week, it became the second thinnest, as Adata just introduced its DashDrive Elite HE720 external hard drive, which is 8.9mm thick.
For the time being, Adata’s model is now the world’s thinnest, and it’s a looker too. It has a brushed stainless steel surface that, in addition to being attractive, offers 9H scratch resistance and prevents damage, even after long-term use, Adata says.
There’s a blue LED indicator on the bottom to let you know when it’s transferring data, along with a one-touch backup feature to automatically backup and sync data with a single touch. Other features include USB 3.0 connectivity and a 60-day free trial of Norton Internet Security 2012 (which did well in our most recent antivirus roundup).
Adata says it will initially offer the DashDrive Elite HE720 in 500GB capacity for $90, which trumps Toshiba’s Canvio by $25.