Review We've just received what has to be one of the cutest little external hard drives we've ever seen: Samsung's new S1 Mini.
Samsung's S1 Mini: not much larger than this picture
The top of the S1 is all ultra-glossy black and smooth, but with a dotted texture under a clear plastic cover so it's not your average piano-black peripheral, despite Samsung quoting "piano black" as one of the drive's three colour choices. The activity light is a needle thin slash of bright blue LED, up at the top of the face.
The back of the drive is matte black plastic with a contoured "leather-look" texture that looks like it was taken off a 1980s car dashboard but makes for an interesting contrast with the shiny upper half.
Still, we think the S1 looks rather snazzy, but what really matters is the size: the S1's about the size of a packet of smokes - 87 x 62 x 15.5mm, according to Reg Hardware's handy ruler - making it eminently pocketable and portable.
Within the shiny casing sits a 1.8in hard drive of 120GB unformatted capacity. It connects up to a host computer by USB 2.0, which provides power as well as the data link. Samsung bundles two cables with the S1, both with a regular USB connector at one end and a mini USB jack at the other. One is 50cm long, but the other has a mere 4cm of cord between the plugs, ideal for a laptop link.
Much smaller than a WD MyBook
Samsung has pre-formatted the S1 Mini using the FAT32 file-system for cross-platform compatibility, but you're clearly free to reformat the drive to NTFS, HFS+ or EXT3, depending on the operating system you favour.