Tom’s Hardware

In this review, the Tom’s Hardware team are are pitting the Adata H710 against several other portable Hard Disks with USB 3.0. The test criteria are:

  • Speed
  • Capacity
  • Durability


Technically, you could pick any one of these three external disks and be satisfied with it. However, each has specific strengths that endear it to a particular type of customer. .. .. ..

The Toughest: If you’re shopping for an external drive able to take a beating, the number of viable options drops precipitously. Fortunately, Adata’s DashDrive Durable HD710 does qualify. This ruggedized option is able to drop from a tablet to the floor or spend half an hour at the bottom of a garden fountain without compromising your data. In spite of its specially-designed chassis, the DashDrive Durable HD710 is only slightly larger than non-ruggedized drives, and barely heavier, weighing in at 0.5 lbs. Its performance is average, making it respectably quick. Even though we would have liked to see a greater-than three-year warranty on this particular model, Adata can at least rest easy knowing it offers one more year of coverage than either Hitachi or Western Digital.

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ADATA HD710 Conclusion

The HD710 performs as well as well as one would expect: It’s USB 3.0 interface makes for speedy file transfers with read and write speeds exceeding 100MB/s. The WD My Passport demonstrates a minute increase in performance, but certainly not enough to make it a better option than the ADATA storage device.

The design of the device is quite appealing, the yellow with black stripes suggests that this device is ready for some rough treatment. The carbon fiber-like centerpiece also adds to the robust look of the device.

Being waterproof and shockproof, the HD710 is very well built. The thick rubber sleeve also ensures that the device won’t slip around on your desk and even if did slip and fall, you can rest assured that it will be functioning when you plug it in again. The embedded cable storage slot will also make sure that the cable and the hard drive will never be separated or accidentally misplaced. Unfortunately, the length of the cable is limited by the length of the slot, as a result, the cable is extremely short.

Included with the device are some freeware applications such as Norton Antivirus (60 day trial), OS cloning, and HDD cloning software. It would be nice to have these programs already on the device since they can be easily deleted if the user has no use for them.

Many 1TB portable drives can be purchased for less than $70. That being said, for $92.25 online (Amazon | Newegg), the HD710 isn’t exactly inexpensive. However if you don’t mind paying a few extra bucks for peace of mind, then this may be the drive for you.

There’s nothing really bad to say about the ADATA HD710, it is a well designed, well built product that performs as well as it should. It may seem a bit pricey but if your data is precious to you, the added price shouldn’t seem like a lot for the provided protection.


+ Looks very cool with it’s black and yellow theme
+ Waterproof and shockproof: Safe from drops and spills
+ Quick data transfer rates due to USB 3.0
+ 3 year warranty


– A lot bigger than most modern portable HDDs
– Not inexpensive; some 2TB drives cost just $20 more
– Short USB cable


  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.80 out of 10

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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Overall, although the aesthetics may not be to everyone’s taste – it performs as good as some larger desktop drives and yet it’s small enough and light enough to take with you anywhere. No matter the destination, you can rest safely knowing your drive and data is protected from fall damage and unwanted moisture.


  • Well built.
  • Shock proof.
  • Water proof.
  • great connector system.


  • Its 5,400rpm, so limited to around 100 MB/s.


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With an affordable price tag and a shock-resistant, waterproof exterior, the DashDrive Durable is easy to recommend to folks looking for something more robust than typical portable hard drives.

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Editor Rating: Good. 3/5

  • Pros

    Rubberized case. Water resistant. Channel for storing cable. Good file copy speed.

  • Cons

    Cable channel and protective door are a bit fussy. Fake carbon fiber is never a good idea. Cable wrapped around chassis has potential to rub and fray. Cable connection needs a guide for a tight connection.

  • Bottom Line

    Nicely priced, the rugged ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 gives your data a layer of physical protection while you commute. However, a few flaws keep it from our highest honors.

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You pay a little extra for durability, but it could be worth it if you’re accident prone

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