By: Tony Novoa (Contributing Editor)
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Ultra-thin Is In!
In the world of ever shrinking everything, Iomega & Seagate have both announced the release of their ultra-thin external drives, essentially contributing to the weight loss craze, without sacrificing capacity. Incorporating the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 protocol, Iomega is introducing a solid-state disk (SSD) device weighing in at 256GB with the dimensions of an internal 2.5mm hard drive while Seagate is releasing a hard disk version with a 1.5TB capacity.
Of course, most computers today don’t support the USB 3.0 protocol (which offers up to 4.8Gbit/sec throughput, or about 10 times the speed of USB 2.0′s 480Mbit/sec), so SuperSpeed USB won’t help most of us. That is, unless we look into upgrading with something like the Edge Tech Corp product line recently featured by our very own Ed Jackson.
Nevertheless, here at MyRealityTech, we applaud forward thinking technology that pushes the envelope of speed and size without sacrificing capacity. So here are some of the details.
Big Capacity Hard Disk In A Small Package
Seagate has introduced its slimmest portable hard disk drive in the form of the FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive. The GoFlex comes with a Mac OS NTFS driver, which enables files to be stored and accessed without reformatting from both PC and Mac platforms. The drive comes in at 4.33-in. long by 3.27-in. wide and .69-in thick. Like it’s predecessor GoFlex drives, Seagate preloads the drive with encryption software, support for FireWire 800 and powered eSATA cables and a 2 year warranty. Sporting a capacity range of 320GB ($89.99), 1TB ($169.99) and 1.5TB ($229.99), the Seagate Ultra-Portable drives offer options for ultra light, small and high capacity devices that any consumer can afford. Like colors? Take your pick from black, red, silver or blue!
So, whether your needs are to store photos, movies, music, documents or other types of files, it’s comforting to know that you don’t have to sacrifice room for storage capacity. Looking to stream video content to your High Definition TV in 1080p format? How about Netflix or YouTube content? The drive also supports the GoFlex TV product and the 1TB model can fit directly into the GoFlex TV’s drive slot.
Who Needs A Hard Disk?
Iomega is targeting a slightly higher end consumer. If you desire higher performance, security, portability and embrace the ever shrinking format, Iomega’s SSD is just what you need. Starting at 64GB for $229.00 and up to 256GB for $749.00, the device isn’t cheap but it sure is small, fast and has no moving parts. Word is that Iomega will be releasing the device early next month in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities incorporating 256-bit hardware encryption, bundled anti-virus and backup software and a three-year warranty.
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