Silicon Power Stream S03 External Drive Review

Written by Chad

January 21, 2014

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Silicon Power is going all out with their new line of storage drives, and this time with the new Stream S03. We had the chance to try out this newest product and test out if this is a must have for anyone who needs an extra storage on the go.

Here’s the rundown of the specs for the Stream S03:

Dimensions:12.25 x 7.75 x 1.33 cm
Weight:145g
Capacity:500GB, 1TB
Standard Compliance:USB 3.0 / 2.0
Data Transfer Rates:Max. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0 Mode)
Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0 Mode)
Power Supply:DC 5V (Power supplied through USB)
Operating Temperature:5℃~ 55℃
Storage Temperature:-40℃~ 70℃
Supported Operating Systems:Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
Color:black, white

We are using the 1 TB white variant of the Stream S03 for the review

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The external drive has that folded page design that makes it look stylish and according to Silicon Power, it was meant as a way to cherish precious memories, similar from folded pages on diaries,plus with its slim design, you can just put it inside your pocket while traveling. It also has a matte finish to its surface to prevent any fingerprint marks and any visible scratches, this is a big plus as most external drives prefer to have glossy finish that would leave a ton of scratches after prolong use, it uses a . The Stream S03 has an LED indicator that changes colors depending on the type of USB port it was connected; blue light for USB 3.0 and red for USB 2.0, this is a pretty neat feature especially if you are having problems identifying which port your external storage was connected.

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As for the performance, we conducted tests on the Stream S03 with the use of Crystal Disk Mark, and it managed to provide good results, and thanks to the USB 3.0 support, the transfer rates are really good even with very large files.

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Sadly the Stream S03 does not include any utility software from its package, though not a necessity, it would be a helpful tool to have a utility software in sorting files on your external drive or back up software for added security.

All in all, the Stream S03 is a good deal, the transfer rate is good as well as the stylish design, this is a must have for anyone who needs an extra storage while on the go. Look for the Stream S03 at your nearest PC hardware stores.

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