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ADATA HD710 Pro Review

ADATA HD710 Pro review
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Our Verdict

The design of the ADATA HD710 Pro instantly stands out with the colourful rubberised outer being a departure from what I would usually expect from a portable HD. In this test, ADATA has sent in the red variant with the ADATA logo emblazoned across the carbon textured front.

It all looks nice, if a little retro tech, like a device you might see in an 80s sci-fi film. However, this is a true durable drive built to withstand the rigours of being out in the field ready to store image and video files wherever you are.

After a month’s test that involved dropping, submerging and generally not treating it with any care, I have a certain amount of respect for the thing. Although I’m not sure how much longer the drive will stand up to my lack of care before it does finally fall apart.

The ADATA HD710 has proved to be tough and durable in the relatively short term of this test, but I’m not 100% convinced. The overall build quality can be summed up as good enough rather than rock-solid. Then there’s the technology inside, which still utilises an magnetic drive, and while fast, the USB 3.1 Gen 1 is my least favourite connector as it often fails.

The drive however is cheap and it certainly performs well and does everything it says it can. However, there are many great portable hard drives out there for this price and if you are looking for a drive to use out in the field then I would spend a little more and go solid state.

For

  • Robust
  • Large Capacity
  • Fast transfer speeds

Against

  • Old technology
  • USB 3.1 connector

What is ADATA HD710 Pro?

The ADATA HD710 Pro is a tough go-anywhere hard drive designed for those users who need a storage solution that can withstand more than most.

The HD710 Pro is available in several different versions in various colours; Yellow, Blue, Red and Black, and with capacities; of 1, 2, 4 and 5TB.
While the 1, 2 and 4TB versions are available in all colour variants, the 5TB is only available in black.

Looking through the features, it’s instantly apparent that ADATA has put a huge effort into ensuring that this drive is as robust as possible with IP68, IEC IPX8, US Army MIL-STD-810G 516.6 testing and standards.

ADATA HD710 Pro review

The ADATA HD710 Pro is a bus-powered portable hard drive designed to withstand the knocks and abuse that would usually kill other storage devices. This robustness makes it a seemingly ideal solution for photographers and videographers working in the field.

Specification

  • Interface: USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • Dimensions: 133.3 x 98.5 x 21.5mm
  • Weight: 270g 1TB 390g 2,4,5TB
  • Capacity: 1,2,4,5TB
  • Operating temperature: 5-50ºC
  • Water protection: IEC IPX8

Build and Handling

For all the high protection, shock proofing, error checking water resistance and proofing, I’m not sold on the actual quality of the ADATA exterior. It may be one of the few drives that boasts complete water resistance when submerged into a water-filled sink, but I’m unsure how many times I would trust it to hold out.

The quality of the exterior is OK, but the rubber feels a bit thin and cheap, not like the rubber buffer design of the Lacie tough drives. You can easily roll the rubber back and see the small daps of glue that hold it all in place.

The carbon effect of the main drive looks nice, but I’m not sure if it’s just for effect or is structural and I’m sure it’s not real carbon. Then there’s the flap that protects the USB port; this is a simple push-fit affair attached by a thin piece of rubber.

ADATA HD710 Pro review

While the flap did the job when I submerged the drive into a sink of water, I had to really make sure the flap was securely in place, as it is relatively easy to misfit.

Then there’s the USB 3.1 Gen 1 connection. I really don’t like this connector, as almost every portable drive I have had with this connection type has failed.

However, the drive is tough and durable, and although I have misgivings about the build quality and design, it does seem to stand up to everything I have put it through. Far more than I would usually subject a hard drive too.

Performance

To test the ADATA HD710, I did several things to the drive that I would usually avoid at all costs. These things included purposely knocking the drive off the table onto a carpeted floor, then wooden, then the street just for kicks. I then sprayed it with water and then submerged it in water for exactly one very nervous hour, and the thing survived, I think… Or at least it still works at the moment.

It survived all of this and still looks in good condition, a far better condition than another non-tough drive that I’ve been carrying around in my bag for the last couple of months.

While the drive has survived and still puts in a good performance, I’m still wary of the build quality; I don’t like to see dabs of glue sticking the rubber to the plastic. It just feels a bit like a prototype rather than a finished product.

ADATA HD710 Pro review

Despite my misgivings, it survives and still puts in an excellent performance. I’ve tested the 1TB version.

Read: 137MB/s
Write: 134MB/s

The durable drive, while fast, isn’t as fast as many SSD drives that are only a touch more expensive. You are paying a premium for the durability, and I’ve tested that to some extreme during the test.

Final thoughts

The ADATA HD710 Pro is a hard drive that challenges me. There’s something about the drive that I don’t trust; maybe it’s just the way that it looks, its slightly half-finished design with the stuck down rubber suit or the old USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector, or the fact that it’s fast but not hugely fast, there’s just something.

This drive is labelled as durable, and after the test, I can testify that it is waterproof, shockproof and kit bag proof, so it gets a big tick on that front. While I have my reservations about the drive enclosure build quality and the older style USB connector, the ADATA HD710 Pro has performed exceptionally well in every other respect.

ADATA HD710 Pro review

Considering the performance, durability and the fact that this drive was released a few years ago, which is reflected in the price, I have to say that the ADATA HD710 Pro is a well balanced and economical choice as a portable storage solution. However, I would still spend a bit more on the SSD version.

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