External and Portable Storage Devices
The Akitio Thunder Dock Thunderbolt docking station supports older and newer technologies, including two Thunderbolt ports, two eSATA host ports (up to 6Gb/s), one 7 watt bus-powered FireWire 800 host port, and two bus-powered USB 3.0 host ports.
LaCie makes so many external storage devices that it’s hard to keep up with all of the products they release in a year. However, the company keeps its products popular by creating a lot of buzz over design and craftsmanship. As such, we get the LaCie Culbuto as dreamed up by French designer Constance Guisset.
The LaCie Culbuto is not only a 16 or 32GB USB 3.0 key. It’s also a roly-poly toy that bobs from side to side when poked, and it’s a picture holder. It has a spherical, solid metal base topped with a silicone rubber stem that ends with a USB 3.0 connector. The cap at the top has a slit that can be used to hold a business card or picture.
LaCie is promoting their new silver-plated LaCie Sphère hard drive—designed by Christofle—by saying it would look great “gracing the table of a 19th Century prince.” Would I be dating myself by saying it would look great carrying a drugged Jennifer Connelly to David Bowie’s dream masquerade ball in Labyrinth? You tell me.
External drives are usually not something you can rave about, but Elgato has created something users can truly enjoy while using it. Elgato has added the best of both worlds—Thunderbolt connectivity and solid state storage—to create a companion for the MacBook Air. It felt very natural to use with my Air, and I noticed a big speed improvement over the external hard drive I currently use.
I’ve given up on calling it Cyber Monday, because everybody seems to be running week long sales. In fact, the sales seem to start about three days before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story. Right now you can find some great deals on Hyper’s impressive products, from their external batteries to cables to cases during the HyperShop Cyber Week sale.
Western Digital has revealed the My Passport Air, a portable storage device with up to 1 TB in a stylishly thin all-aluminum enclosure. “Its ultra-slim, high capacity design and advanced content security features make it a must have accessory for even the most discerning Mac aficionado.”
You may not be familiar with server-grade Plextor SSD technology, but no matter. What matters is that it’s part of Elgato’s new Thunderbolt Drive+, and helps it to outperform other external drives despite also focusing on portability. Also compatible with USB 3.0, the Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is available immediately for $499.95 (256 GB) and $899.95 (512 GB).
During the WWDC 2013 keynote, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stage to introduce the all new Airport Time Capsule and Extreme base stations. These have an all new design with a white tube structure and a silver Apple logo on top, and take advantage of the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel showed off a new 128GB thumb drive that uses Thunderbolt technology. Intel mentioned that this thumb drive was the “world’s fastest thumb drive,” and they may be right. Thunderbolt technology was developed by Apple in tandem with Intel and was introduced on the 2011 Macbook Pro. The technology is known for its speed capabilities, as it allows data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps.
PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive HD promises to deliver file storage and transfer between Macs, PCs, and iDevices, acting as something of a storage Swiss Army Knife. With support for file sharing via USB, 30-pin Dock, and Lightning devices, the iFlashDriveHD lives up to its promise, assuming your iDevice apps are capable of overcoming their anti-filesystem roots.
Cloud is all the rage right now, but the ability to exert precise control over privacy and security settings can be difficult when your’e using someone else’s hardware. Connected Data’s Transporter takes a hard drive you own and makes it available over the Internet in a secure manner, letting you retain control of your data and giving you additional privacy when sharing.