External and Portable Storage Devices
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.
With only 9,999 produced, the LaCie Blade Runner is a limited edition external hard drive for design-conscience consumers. If your small business needs a network-attached storage solution, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro might be just what you need. The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series is perfect for video professionals because you have the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams.
LaCie’s recently announced P’9223 Slim SSD drive has 120 GB of storage that transfers files up to 400 MB/s over USB 3, yet it’s thinner than the newest MacBook Air. USB 3 allows for transferring files is up to 10 times faster than using USB 2, and you get even faster speeds using the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Pro with Retina Display thanks to UAS (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support.
With read speeds up to 635 MB/s, LaCie’s Little Big Disk is the fastest portable Thunderbolt solution on the market. The SSD model comes in two sizes: 512 GB for $699 and 1 TB for $999. They also come with a Thunderbolt cable included.
Sanho’s HyperDrive lineup now includes one new and one (very aptly) renamed product. Previously called CloudFTP, the new HyperDrive iUSBPort offers the convenience of wireless storage to iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and PCs, while the HyperJuice 2 can (with minor modifications) keep your MacBook and iPads running for hours while on the go.
LaCie pairs two of the fastest interfaces on their Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt hard drive series by combining USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt to deliver maximum speed and universal connectivity. The Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series comes in both SSD and HD models and are bus-powered for complete mobility.