The whole ecosystem gaming it is in full swing. Just take a look back and see how the games require more storage space for the installation of their files. To a large extent, this is due to increasing video resolutions in games and, consequently, the quality of textures and other assets. For this reason, our default storage device may be out of date. In these cases, portable hard drives like the Toshiba Canvio Gaming 1TB is the solution to our pleas.
East Toshiba Canvio Gaming is the perfect companion of our team to cover the necessary space in the video game storage and facilities. Ideal for those titles to which we usually dedicate a few hours at the end of the month. In addition, it is prepared for use with desktop video consoles such as Xbox or PlayStation. An economical option without having to disassemble our console. We review all the features of the HDD of Toshiba in our review.
Design: compact and conventional
First of all, the Toshiba Canvio Gaming is an external storage unit that hides in its compact case a 2.5 inch HDD drive. Although it is not an SDD, they have been able to compact all the elements of a mechanical disk (plate, head and other mechanical parts). Count with one 13.5mm thick and 149g weight (the same as the Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB), portable and lightweight.
For the construction of the casing have opted for plastic, with a combination of a metallic effect chrome for the upper area and black for the base. Yes, it is not metal, but it is robust and the finishes are excellent. However, if we seek a greater presence, the Toshiba Canvio Premium It is the best model with its elegant aluminum finish.
As a distinctive point against the conventional design of these devices, Toshiba adorns its Canvio with a big blue LED in the corner. An informative element about the reading or writing of our unit and that gives a little gaming touch to the product. Another element is the USB 3.2 Gen 1 connection with a USB type A cable. We would have liked it to have included a cable with a USB-C connector for PC, but game consoles lack this type of connector.
We also have to mention the excellent temperatures that the storage device handles. In the middle of June, the hard disk has not exceeded 37 ºC after squeezing it for two hours. its plastic outer box barely shows the temperature, The same goes for the minimum noise. There is also no trace of annoying vibrations. However, it does not have rubber supports on the base as we do see in other similar hard drives.
Technical characteristics of the Toshiba Canvio Gaming
|Toshiba Canvio Gaming / Toshiba Canvio HDTX110EK3AA|
|Dimensions||80 x 111 x 13.5 mm|
|Colors||Metallic chrome, black|
|Interface||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 2.0 compliant)|
|Capacity||1TB (available in 2TB, 4TB)|
|Specifications||Mechanical HDD, 5,400 rpm|
|Maximum transfer speed||~ 5.0 Gbit / s|
|File System||Factory formatted in exFAT|
|System Requirements||With exFAT format for:
– Playstation / Xbox (check the list of
– Windows® 10, Windows® 8.1,
– macOS v11.2, v10.15, macOS v10.14, macOS
One free USB Type-A port
Performance and performance test
As we mentioned before, in the Toshiba Canvio Gaming box we will only find a USB-A cable and the operating guide. By not including a USB-C cable, it will be necessary to use an adapter on those laptops that do not have a USB-A connector. The drive is immediately recognized by Windows, formatted in exFAT format and without a trace of pre-installed programs, which did happen with him Toshiba Canvio Advance. However, from the website itself we can download additional utilities such as a diagnostic tool.
The Toshiba Canvio Gaming series is available in 1, 2 and 4 TB, all with a 5,400 rpm HDD drive. Specifically, as it appears to us as the Toshiba MQ04UBF100 board. Our test unit is 1 TB, with an actual capacity of 931.51 GB available. Connectivity 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen1 gives us the maximum figures that this type of mechanical hard disk can reach. The drive achieves a sequential read and write speed of 148 and 150 MB / s respectively.
Game console compatibility
Another of its main characteristics is its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console compatibility. The unit is immediately recognized by the console and asks us for additional formatting in order to install games on the Toshiba external drive. In addition, it is possible to play the games installed on the Canvio Gaming with correct fluency at all times.
Toshiba Canvio Gaming availability and price
In conclusion, we cannot compare the performance of the Toshiba Canvio Gaming with that of a USB drive in SSD format. Yield soars as does its asking price. The unit does its job well as a unit to store backup copies of our files. And we cannot forget its guaranteed compatibility with game consoles, especially for subscribers to services such as Xbox Game Pass.
- Compact and modern design
- Available in different capacities
- Plug & Play
- Does not include pre-installed programs
- Sharable with PC and game consoles
- Does not include carrying case
- Does not include a cable to USB-C