Transcend StoreJet 25C3N
  • 9/10
    Design & Materials - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Portability - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Value - 7/10
8.8/10

Summary

An external hard disk that is slim, sleek, and sexy. The slimmest I’ve seen, actually. It has a slightly higher-than-average performance compared to other external hard disks that I’ve tried, but comes with a slightly higher price too. Totally worth it, though.

In the market today, there are a lot of external hard disks available. They’re made by a multitude of manufacturers, and they’re offered in a variety of flavors – and each of these flavors have their own specialty too. We’ve seen the Transcend StoreJet 25H3 here, but this new StoreJet 25C3N is certainly a reimagining of how an external hard disk should look like.

As the StoreJet 25C3N is available in two variants, the one that I’m reviewing in particular is the TS1TSJ25C3N – the 1TB variant. Here’s our take on it.

Unboxing

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

The box is fairly simple, and it has a window along its longitude at the right side. That is a little sneak peak on what you’re going to get.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

 

Opening up the box reveals a really tough clamshell packaging that protects the StoreJet 25C3N. It’s a little excessive in my opinion – but just goes to show how much Transcend really cares about their product.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

Digging all of the contents out of the box reveals two Transcend product catalog – one for Apple and another one on their general purpose storage solutions, quick start guide, warranty guide, the StoreJet 25C3N itself, and a USB-A to USB 3.0 micro-B cable.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

Pretty typical set of accessories, if you ask me. Actually, a little sleeve for the StoreJet 25C3N would be nice. Maybe with a dedicated storage space for the cable on the pouch too?

Design

Now, the Transcend StoreJet 25C3N is aimed towards sleekness. It looks classy, feels fantastic in the hands, and according to Transcend, it is built with an aluminium alloy housing.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

With its durability in check, let’s talk about its aesthetics. I have to say, Transcend did a really good job in the overall design of the StoreJet 25C3N. The aluminium alloy housing is polished, sandblasted, and anodized to give it that matte grey look. At a glance, it almost looks like a the StoreJet 25C3N is wrapped with a shiny vinyl skin instead.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

With a metal housing, one might think that the edges might be sharp. But of course Transcend already took care of it, as all of the edges on the StoreJet 25C3N are chamfered. I mean seriously – it’s chamfered all around.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

As for its size, the 1TB variant of the StoreJet 25C3N only weighs in at 130 grams  (158 grams with the cable) and has a tiny size 114.5mm x 78.5mm x 9.95mm. Not that much bigger than a barebones 2.5-inch internal hard disk, actually.

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I do wish the bottom of the Transcend StoreJet 25C3N has a little more friction though, as it just slides around on my table like a sharp blade on an ice rink now.

Performance & Features

Ah, this is the most important factor when it comes to an external hard disk. It’s quite surprising that the Transcend StoreJet 25C3N actually performs slightly better compared to other larger and bulkier external hard disks!

Just take a look at the results from Crystal Disk Mark.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

To me personally, I think the speeds are okay – nothing out of the ordinary for an external hard disk. It is at slightly higher speeds compared to the WD My Passport (2016) that we covered here too. However, there is definitely a price to pay – more on this later.

As for real-life test with files at about 3GB in average, it can reach speeds of 128MB/s – pretty good!

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

Features

As for its features, the StoreJet 25C3N is pretty standard across Transcend products. You get two pieces of free software – Transcend Elite Data Management and RecoveRX. These two software are something to look forward to – as they definitely bring extra value to your purchase. But then again – what do these two software actually do?

The Transcend Elite Data Management is a pretty neat software to automate all sorts of backups to be performed. I’ve talked about it in my review of the StoreJet 25H3 here, but there were some interface updates to the software. Now, it looks a lot more modern and clean compared to what we saw a year ago.

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Functionally, it’s the same – but it seems like Transcend has removed the option for Bookmark Sync. Not a big deal, since modern browsers these days support bookmark syncing to the cloud, too.

As for the RecoveRX software, it’s pretty much an “undelete” software made easy. Select the drive, click next, select what type of files you’d like to recover from the hard disk, and scan for those files. It’ll automatically recover and files found in the given path, too.

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Powerful yet simple to use utilities, if you ask me.

Compared to the StoreJet 25H3, it’s missing the “backup button” on the hard disk itself. That button was used to trigger a command on Transcend’s software, but it’s nowhere to be found here on the StoreJet 25C3N. Not a big deal though, since everything can be automated via the software anyway.

Wrapping up the Transcend StoreJet 25C3N review

In short, all I can say is that the StoreJet 25C3N is a tiny, slim, yet beautiful-looking piece of fashion accessory-cum-external storage device. It’s tiny, it does what it is supposed to do very well – and slightly better than average, and has a lot of free utility – but everything comes at a price.

Transcend StoreJet 25C3N

Compared to its arguably less sleek-looking and larger StoreJet 25H3, the StoreJet 25C3N is priced slightly higher – at about RM 270 from what I can find on Lazada here, or about $113.99 USD here on Amazon. Is it expensive compared to others? Yes.

Of course, for the extra price you pay, Transcend gives you one more benefit – and that’s their 3-year global warranty.
Are all of these worth the extra?
I say yes.


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