The first thing that strikes you about Verbatim’s Quad-Interface drive is its peculiar yet chic design. The sleek, curved aluminium enclosure allows the drive to lie flat or be mounted sideways using the provided stand and certainly looks the part on your desktop with a blue light surrounding the power button to let you know the device is powered on.
Looks aside, the most important feature of this external hard disk is its multiple connection options. Users have the choice of using eSATA II, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 with cables provided for each connection. Connected to a 27-inch iMac we made the most of the speedy FireWire 800 connection and challenged the drive to perform a Time Machine backup of almost 430GB, which it managed in just over five hours.
The 1TB capacity drive also made easy work of smaller transfers back and forth using all of the provided connections, with eSATA II offering the speediest performance, as expected. During our tests, the drive operated fairly quietly and, while it did heat up, never approached anything close to hot. The Quad-Interface drive is a solid performer but will need to be positioned fairly close to both a power outlet and your Mac to accommodate the AC cable that runs to just over a meter in length.
The drive is formatted for use with both Mac and PCs but, like a number of Verbatim products, there is no bundled software for Macs, whereas PC users get a free copy of Nero BackItUp 4 Essentials.
The multiple connection options on Verbatim’s Quad-Interface drive make it a flexible tool for use with all of your Macs. While not hugely portable, it offers the capacity and performance required for even the heaviest of users and, as a desktop backup solution, is a genuine contender.