It's been awhile since we've seen a ruggedized external hard drive come to the market. The last one we reviewed was the LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive; it scored well in the speed tests and even withstood a 30-inch drop off a desk in nonoperating mode.
Iomega's eGo camo portable hard drive takes it a step higher and bumps the maximum drop height to 60 inches (5 feet), or so they report. Along with the standard read and write tests, we also took the liberty of performing a drop test to prove its toughness. The day we tested this drive, it just happened to be "bring your kids to work day," so we put those little buggers to work. Check out the video above and rest assured that if you buy this drive, you're not going to worry about its durability. This little guy took several drops and connected to the computer with no wounds to the exterior and zero loss of data.
All of Iomega's eGo line has a drop resistance of 51 inches, but the camo version has an ace of its sleeve: the "Power Grip Band" is a thick piece of rubber that swaddles the drive and allows you to drop it an extra 9 inches without worry. For those of you are constantly on the go and are looking for an external hard drive to throw in your bag, we certainly recommend the Iomega eGo Camo portable hard drive--it'll keep your sensitive data in one piece.
Check out the review for more information including transfer speed testing and a detailed hardware description.