The age of portable disk drives may be leaving us forever with cloud storage and cloud computing becoming so prevalent, but I don’t think it’ll ever fully dissipate unless we give up physical storage as a medium altogether. And if that ever happens, well, then we should all start worrying. Until that day, I recommend sticking with the fastest and slimmest devices available.

The finish of the G-Drive Slim is aluminium, like the body of Apple’s recent laptop and desktop computers. It doesn’t have the same smooth feel as Apple’s products, though, and we found it was easier to scratch. Where Apple’s laptops are virtually scratchproof we were able to leave a slight mark on the G-Drive Slim with a fingernail (though it did go away after some buffing). The matte black plastic strip running around the outside edge of the Hitachi G-Drive Slim sets off the aluminium nicely but we would have preferred Apple-esque scalloped edges.

While the G-Drive Mobile is compatible with both Firewire 800 and USB 2.0, the Slim is really stuck between an ancient rock and an even older hard place. It relies on technologies that are still widely used, but that no reasonable consumer has any reason to get. The G-Drive Slim looks great and hip, and it totally works with the Apple products it’s intended for, but this product comes at a technological transition. At least the G-Drive Mobile works pretty fast over Firewire and can utilize USB 2.0 as a backup; the Slim has no such convenience. The best users get is a slick-looking portable drive. If that’s important to you, then look no further.