External and Portable Storage Devices
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.
mLogic LLC is now shipping its new mDock docking station and backup solution for mid-2009 to current 13- and 15-inch unibody MacBook Pro (MBP) computers. I’ve been a fan of the dockable laptop computer since Apple pioneered the concept with the PowerBook Duo back in the early ’90s. As much as I admired the Duo, I couldn’t afford one back in the day, but I continue to be convinced it’s an elegant solution for making your laptop do double-duty as both mobile computer and desktop substitute.
LaCie added USB 3.0 technology to their 2big and 4big Quadra external hard drives and optimized performance with new Mac computers. Thanks to USB-Attached SCSI Protocol (UAS) compatibility and 7200 rpm hard drives, they reach speeds of up to 245 MB/s and can transfer 10 GB of data in less than one minute.
Western Digital, a world leader in external storage and connected home solutions, continues to embrace the Macintosh and Apple technologies with two separate announcements today: The new Thunberbolt compatible My Book VelociRaptor Duo and the newly updated 2TB My Passport for Mac with USB 3.0 support.