Iomega aren't the biggest brand in computing today, but that hasn't stopped them from producing a competent 500GB external hard drive. Competent, yes, suitable for my needs, no. Like all these things, this could be the ideal drive for you, or it could be the bane of your life. Regrettably for me, it's the latter.
Firstly, a petty argument, but despite previous reviewers opining otherwise, the light on the front of this is so bright I've been forced to disconnect it. It's fine in the daylight, but when you're dimming the lights to watch a film, it's like being thrust under an interrogation bulb. The drive is also quite noisy, which again isn't conducive to those who use their PC as an entertainment centre.
There are benefits; the transfer speed is good, the device is picked up immediately, it has a handy stand, and is very easy to set up. The Iomega HDD does act well as an external storage device, but it's too bright and too noisy to recommend for some who needs a quiet and subtle device for their bedroom/living room.
The Iomega 500 Value Series Desktop HD has a beautiful design. The blue light has a modest shine (not too bright) and looks very cool (metal cabinet in a silver colour).
This device truly is plug and play. My computer accepts this device immediately. This device has FAT32 and you must first format the Iomega hard drive to NFTS (click on the icon of Iomega (in "My Computer") with the right mouse and your computer informs you that this device must formatted to NFTS.
I have copied a movie of 13 gigabytes from my C drive to the Iomega hard drive. It takes about 6.5 minutes (2 gigabytes per minute). I also copied my photos. This took longer (7.5 gigabytes in 11 minutes), but this is because the 7.5 GB is spread over multiple files and therefore it takes a bit longer to be copied. I think that the speed is very well.
The device is NOT noiseless. It makes some soft noise when you copy the files to your Iomega hard drive or if you open the files on your Iomega hard drive. I think this is not disturbing. It gets warm during the period of use. Around 40-50 degrees, so you don't have to worry that you will burn your fingers.
The Iomega500 Value Series Desktop HD is quite heavy and is very solid. It looks like a thick book that can be transported everywhere