Review ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 500 GB

Klaus Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 04/02/2014

Ruggedized. ADATA offers a robust external USB 3.0 HDD with the HD650. It can convince us with a quiet operating noise, decent transfer rates and a robust construction.

For the original German review, see here.

The case of the ADATA HD650 is made of a combination of a plastic body and a protective silicone cover. The latter protects the edges in case of an impact. The hard drive inside the case, a Toshiba MQ01ABF050 2.5-inch HDD, is protected by silicone as well. The plastic case itself has a surface pattern and looks like carbon. The HDD leaves a nice and high-quality impression if you do not look too closely. You can, however, see some smaller irregularities in regard to the gaps. Overall, the build quality and the stability are on a very good level.

We can measure a weight of 176 grams without cable (199 grams with cable) for the HD650 with a 500 GB HDD. This is pretty light, a 2 TB WD My Passport, for instance, weighs 231 grams (253 grams with cable). If this is still too heavy you could have a closer look at the external SSD SE720 with just 104 grams.

The box only contains the drive itself, a connection cable from the USB 3.0 micro-B connector at the HDD to the standard USB 2.0/3.0 type-A connector as well as an information sheet.

ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 500 GB

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • USB 3.0 (5V power supply via USB)
  • 5 °C up to 50 °C operating temperature
  • 3 years limited warranty
  • 121 x 81 x 21 mm
  • 201 grams (according to the manufacturer), 176 grams without cable, 199 grams with cable
  • 128 GB capacity (gross)
  • HDDtoGO and OStoGO as free downloads
  • Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD with a height of 7 mm in our review unit
  • blue LED indicator for data transfers
  • available in red and black

Case

It takes some strength and several screwdrivers to access the HDD inside the plastic case. The case is secured by clips; you can only open it with a lot of force and you will probably damage the plastic. However, the silicone sleeve will cover any signs of damage, but it might void the warranty.

Inside, you can find the formerly mentioned Toshiba MQ01ABF050 2.5-inch hard drive with a height of just 7 mm. The connection to the PC is established via VLI VL711S-T4 USB 3 SATA Bridge.

Performance

We primarily tested the HD650 with a Schenker S413 via USB 3.0 port (directly at the Haswell chipset) and Windows 8.

Sequential Transfer Rates

The sequential transfer rates are actually quite good for an external hard drive. Compared to the internal Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0, the HD650 can even take the lead, and the similar Toshiba MQ01ABF050 inside the Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5 falls behind as well. We can only see a performance drop in the 512 KB Write benchmark of CrystalDiskMark. The SE720 SSD is always superior, but the difference is only quite big in the 512 KB tests.

AS SSD
Seq Read
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
111.2 MB/s ∼8%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
349 MB/s ∼26% +214%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
100.42 MB/s ∼7% -10%
Seq Write
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
110.2 MB/s ∼12%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
184 MB/s ∼21% +67%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
87.85 MB/s ∼10% -20%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read Seq
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
117 MB/s ∼8%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
355 MB/s ∼24% +203%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
105 MB/s ∼7% -10%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
97.51 MB/s ∼7% -17%
Write Seq
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
117 MB/s ∼13%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
192 MB/s ∼21% +64%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
101.6 MB/s ∼11% -13%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
91.7 MB/s ∼10% -22%
Read 512
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
42.7 MB/s ∼5%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
361 MB/s ∼39% +745%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
33.93 MB/s ∼4% -21%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
26.91 MB/s ∼3% -37%
Write 512
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
20.9 MB/s ∼2%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
191 MB/s ∼23% +814%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
45.67 MB/s ∼5% +119%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
36.89 MB/s ∼4% +77%
ATTO Disk Benchmark
8192KB read
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
116711 KB/s ∼21%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
363569 KB/s ∼65% +212%
8192KB write
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
113985 KB/s ∼21%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
386238 KB/s ∼72% +239%
Legend
      ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 USB 3.0
      ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 USB 3.0
      Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE Intel Core i3-3110M, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
      Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5 Intel Core i5-3230M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050

4k Performance

The HD650 obviously cannot compete with the SE720 with random 4 KB files. The situation is better compared to the internal hard drive, but there is still a significant difference due to the USB 3.0 interface. It can, however, take a small lead with the reading of 4k files.

AS SSD
4K Read
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.48 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
15.5 MB/s ∼12% +3129%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.45 MB/s ∼0% -6%
4K Write
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.2 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
25.6 MB/s ∼19% +12700%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.73 MB/s ∼1% +265%
4K-64 Read
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.41 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
19.3 MB/s ∼3% +4607%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.89 MB/s ∼0% +117%
4K-64 Write
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.2 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
26 MB/s ∼5% +12900%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.66 MB/s ∼0% +230%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read 4k
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.51 MB/s ∼1%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
21.7 MB/s ∼50% +4155%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.411 MB/s ∼1% -19%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
0.305 MB/s ∼1% -40%
Write 4k
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.27 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
27.2 MB/s ∼17% +9974%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.753 MB/s ∼0% +179%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
0.809 MB/s ∼0% +200%
Read 4k QD32
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.57 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
18.8 MB/s ∼3% +3198%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.419 MB/s ∼0% -26%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
0.697 MB/s ∼0% +22%
Write 4k QD32
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
0.27 MB/s ∼0%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
27.4 MB/s ∼5% +10048%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
0.735 MB/s ∼0% +172%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
0.794 MB/s ∼0% +194%
Legend
      ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 USB 3.0
      ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 USB 3.0
      Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE Intel Core i3-3110M, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
      Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5 Intel Core i5-3230M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050

Copy Performance

Copying files onto the drive is probably the most important test for an external storage solution. We tested the performance with the AS SSD benchmark. The HD650 does pretty well compared to the internal drive with an ISO file; an application or a game with many small files, however, result in a significant performance drop and quickly show the disadvantage of the USB 3.0 interface. The SE720 is once again superior and clearly ahead of the HDD competition; the difference is huge with 14 seconds compared to 104 seconds in the copy test (SE720 vs. HD650).

AS SSD
Copy ISO MB/s
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
19.1 MB/s ∼3%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
111.7 MB/s ∼15% +485%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
21.09 MB/s ∼3% +10%
Copy Program MB/s
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
13.5 MB/s ∼3%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
96.6 MB/s ∼23% +616%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
24.75 MB/s ∼6% +83%
Copy Game MB/s
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
17.3 MB/s ∼2%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
107.4 MB/s ∼13% +521%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
32.47 MB/s ∼4% +88%
Legend
      ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 USB 3.0
      ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 USB 3.0
      Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE Intel Core i3-3110M, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142

Access Time

The access times of the HD650 are surprisingly good in our test; the internal Seagate HDD cannot keep up. The SSD obviously has significantly lower access times.

AS SSD
Access Time Read
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
17.3 ms * ∼52%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
0.275 ms * ∼1% +98%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
19.382 ms * ∼59% -12%
Access Time Write
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650
19.5 ms * ∼32%
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720
0.232 ms * ∼0% +99%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
34.053 ms * ∼56% -75%
Legend
      ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 USB 3.0
      ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 Intel Core i7-4750HQ, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 USB 3.0
      Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE Intel Core i3-3110M, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142

* ... smaller is better

PCMark 8 Storage

We also wanted to show you the Storage score of PCMark 8 to compare the HD650 with the SE720, but we could not perform this benchmark with the HD650.

Verdict

The ADATA is a robust external USB 3.0 hard drive. The integrated Toshiba HDD of our review unit is protected against impacts by silicone on the outside and also inside the case. Another advantage of the soft cover is the quiet operating noise of the HD650, which also benefits from the quiet Toshiba MQ01ABF050. Despite the 5,400 revolutions per minute, the transfer rates are actually pretty decent. You also get a 3-year warranty.

One drawback is the hardly accessible case. You will have to decide for yourself whether you are willing to pay the additional charge of around 25% compared to an unprotected external drive.

The ADATA HD650 500 GB in black is currently available
 for $59.99 on
 Amazon.com.

 

 

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Author: Klaus Hinum, 2014-04- 2 (Update: 2014-04- 2)