Verbatim Insight 500GB Portable Hard Drive Review


It's not you, it's me...

This year, give your loved one a little space.  Storage space, that is.  Christmas is just around the corner, and there’s no better gift for that nerd in your family than external storage for all those downloaded episodes of Heroes that are cluttering up precious hard drive space.  Verbatim has once again outdone themselves on space and simple coolness with the InSight Portable Hard Drive.  This sleek piece of blackness comes in sizes of 350GB as well as 500GB and features Always On display technology.  I’ll get into that in a few minutes, but right now let’s get a better look at the HDD itself and what it brings to the storage table.

For a portable hard drive that continuously displays available free space, take a peek at the Verbatim InSight hard drive with an Always On LCD that shows the drive’s available free space and personalized name.  The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected and/or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC.  Compatible with all USB connections, the InSight™ drive includes a USB 2.0 cable, a Quick Start guide and Nero BackItUp software that offer full system backup/restore functions and optional password security.  Compact but big on storage capacity, the InSight™ drive is available in a sleek piano-black finish with capacities of 320GB and 500GB and carries a 5-year limited warranty. With an Always On display, the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive is a plug-and-play external drive that keeps you in the know – even when it’s disconnected.

Features & Benefits:

  • Sleek piano-black finish adds style and elegance to your PC accessories
  • Features an Always On LCD that display’s a personalized drive name and available free space.
  • View the Always On LCD display without power
  • Identify drive and free space without connecting to a PC
  • Includes Nero BackItUp software*
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Package Includes: InSight™ Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide


  • Rotational Speed – 5400 RPM
  • Display – 32 x 128 pixels “always on” cholesteric display
  • External Power – USB bus-powered
  • Interface – One USB mini-B port
  • Data Transfer Rate – USB 2.0 High-Speed: 480 Mb/s (max), USB 1.1 Full Speed: 12 Mb/s (max)
  • Unit Dimensions –  5.99 in. X 3.37 in. X 0.63 in. (151.12 mm x 85.51 mm x 16.0 mm)
  • Unit Weight – 0.36 lb (161.59 g)

System Requirements:

  • USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

On the next page we crack open the box and test it out…