Review: G-Technology 1TB G-Drive mobile USB-C portable drive for 12″ MacBook [Video]
by: Jeff Benjamin
As a MacBook owner, USB-C peripherals are still a little hard to come by. The accessory situation has improved significantly over the past year. One of the latest USB-C-centric peripherals to hit the scenes is an external bus-powered hard drive from the folks over at G-Technology. If you’re looking for a way to quickly offload files to and from your MacBook, the G-Drive mobile is a good option.
First, the particulars. This is a G-Drive mobile 1TB external spinning disk hard drive. As such, it’s not as fast as solid state offerings, but it comes pretty close to its 136MB/s speed rating. The speed of the drive is thanks to the 7200 RPM Western Digital hard drive enclosed inside the aluminum and plastic housing.
The best thing about this drive, besides its usage of USB-C, is that it’s bus powered. This means that you can easily connect it to your MacBook with a single USB-C cable and handle your business. G-Technology includes two extra-stout looking USB-C cables — one, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and another USB-C to USB-A cable for interfacing with older hardware.
The mobile USB-C drive features USB 3.1 Gen 1, which maxes out at 5Gbps. Of course, the speed of the drive won’t come close to saturating the amount of available throughput, but it’s worth noting.