The metal-clad Eclypt Freedom is the high-end drive for corporate users who cannot or won’t compromise on achieving that small but sometimes extra level of encryption security.  It is not intended as a consumer drive.

Before describing the drive, it is fair to point out that this extra security comes at a price. A 320GB drive will set you back around £280 inc. VAT (approx $430), at least double that of the iStorage diskGenie which also features 256-bit AES encryption. That is, however, not much more than the 16GB IronKey, which is smaller in size but markedly smaller in capacity too.

For some types of user, however, the extra features and robust construction on offer will be worth it or indeed necessary for compliance purposes. The drive is tamper-proof, for a start, and allows admins to set password parameters for up to 128 accounts per drive, necessary when sharing among groups of users.

The model looked at was the Freedom; even more specialist features come with the three other drives in the Eclypt Freedom series, the Baseline, the Baseline Plus, and the Enhanced, which add CESG certifications necessary for very specialised uses. The Eclypt mounts without the need for drivers, which means it will work across platforms.

As with the DiskGenie, solid state disk (SSD) version of the Eclypt is also available but this cuts capacity while hiking cost.

As an aside, the UK-based company that makes this drive is currently in the process of being bought by US company ViaSat.

OUR VERDICT

Superb no-expense-spared design but only for pros and spooks