Apacer AC202 External Hard Drive
Packaging & Appearance
Packaging and Appearance
The AC202 arrived in a rectangular box, with a transparent cut out on the front, allowing you to see the drive inside. The packaging is a mixture of multiple green shades, with various bits of information dotted along the bottom. Around the back there is far more in-depth information, which is also listed in an array of languages.
Included in the box is a rather satisfactory bundle. There's the USB power cable, which is a mini USB to dual USB (two are required to power the drive). The mini CD, contains the back-up software and drivers, and the rubber band can be installed to protect the drive from knocks and drops.
The drive itself is of a rectangular shape, with smooth, rounded edges. Constructed of brushed aluminium, it has a classy overall look. The front edge is blanked off with a piece of thick black plastic, whilst the rear contains all the useful stuff. Round the back (right hand image), from left to right we have; DC Input (optional), Mini USB input and the 'Smart Copy' button. Just above the ports is a small lighting strip, which shows when the drive is powered and when it is active/in use. The Apacer logo is displayed on top of the drive, within a gold stripe (John Player Special anyone?).
Removing the two screws at the rear of the drive allows you to slide out the internals. With the internals removed, we can see that Apacer have used a Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive, rated at 5400rpm. There is a small PCB which attaches to the back, converting the drives SATA interface into the more user friendly USB. Changing/installing a new hard drive should be as simple as just swapping the drives over, and installing the small piece of foam padding on the underneath of the new drive.
That concludes the pictorial, and so far things are looking pretty good. Aesthetically, the AC202 is a very attractive product, but how will it perform when it's really tested....
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