Curiously named, Hitachi's SimpleTough 500GB external disk drive is shockproof and splashproof

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Curiously named, Hitachi's SimpleTough 500GB external disk drive is shockproof and splashproof

Hitachi claims it's tough too, capable of shrugging off drops from 3m and even a sprinkling of water.

We're not entirely convinced. Dropping it from above head height onto the office floor incurred nothing more than curious looks from colleagues, but we were reluctant to give it a shower - a power port situated under the integrated, ribbed USB lead is fitted so poorly you can see circuit board behind it.

Performance was disappointing too, with write and read speeds for small files at 14.6MB/sec and 20.4MB/sec - slower than average.

In its favour, the price is good and the extra physical protection is worth having. Just take the water resistance claims with a pinch of salt. Jonathan Bray

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