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The moment we found out what kind of hard disk drive Silicon Power had fitted into the A15 we knew exactly what to expect in terms of performance and we weren't disappointed one bit. True mechanical USB 3.0 drives still can't come close to the performance achieved by good USB 3.0 flash drives so to some people they may seem as somewhat slow but let’s not forget that up until 3-4 years ago the same performance numbers could only be achieved from internal HDDs and eSATA compatible devices. During testing we also found out that the rubber exterior housing may not be water resistant like that used with the A80 model (since the USB host port is exposed) but it is splash proof. We also did drop the drive down a few times to check its anti-shock feature (we even threw it down once while plugged in to a laptop) and it's still working so i guess when a drive gets the U.S Army MIL-STD-810F drop-test certification it's not only to show off.
Since the rubber housing used with the Armor A15 is not as durable as the one used with the A80 we did expect it to retail for less and we were not wrong since currently you can find it for USD77.90 inside the USA (Amazon) and at around 100Euros inside the EU. Our opinion is that if Silicon Power hadn't released the Armor A80 then the A15 would be our favorite 2.5" USB 3.0 PHD in the market as we speak but we do prefer the extra data protection offered by the tank-like external housing of the A80 more. Things like that however are personal preferences but what we can't deny for sure is the quality and performance of the Armor A15 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive by Silicon Power and that's why we give it our Golden Award.
- Build Quality
- Military Grade Enclosure (Shock-proof/Splash-proof)
- Very Good Performance
- Quick Backup Button
- SP Widget (Free Download From Silicon Power)
- Price (For Some)
- Sporty Design May Not Appeal To Everyone