A while ago, i bought my first hardware wallet: a Ledger HW.1. Since then, the product has been sold out, so it’s allmost impossible to get your hands on one, but i still want to make a quick review for legacy purposes.
The Ledger Hw.1 was one of the cheapest hardware wallets available at the time i purchased one. The total cost was around 25 euro, this included shipping.
A couple days after ordering, i received my Hw.1. First thing i noticed was the professionalism of the packaging, the sealed box, the instruction sheet,… Altough the dongle was just a couple mm thick, it did feel quite sturdy, especially considering it’s price. Creating an initialisation distro on USB, getting it to boot and electrum integration were a bit difficult, but ledger’s knowledge base had all the info ever needed. The biggest downside was the fact that the Hw.1’s chip only supports BTC.
- professional looking
- works great
- works with my electrum wallet
- a bit harder to find the init usb image
- a bit harder to get the Hw.1 to work on linux
- electrum integration was a bit “hands on”
- it’s sold out