With the dawn of USB 3.0, many companies have started creating products that most end users can’t even use tot heir full potential yet. Adoption of USB 3.0 has been fairly slow so far, despite just how fast the spec is. It’s fast enough that disc-based drives can’t even read and write data at the same speed, you need flash to get the kind of speeds USB 3.0 provides, which is just what Iomega is doing.
To provide us with the type of speeds USB 3.0 is capable of delivering, Iomega has announced a new line of external SSDs, the Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives. The new drive come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB versions, all in 1.8-inch metal enclosures. The fact that there are no moving parts means the drives are safe from shocks, and Iomega promises that the enclosures mean your drive should be safe from drops of up to 10 feet. The drives come with some preinstalled software for security, backup, and encryption.
With the drives costing $229, $399, and $749 (for 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, respectively), it’s likely that only those professionals who can afford to upgrade to USB 3.0 will be able to afford these drives. For someone like a professional photographer, the price should be well worth if for the speed of the drives alone. For a speed comparison, these drives are 10 times as fast as USB 2.0 drives and twice as fast as a 7200 RPM HDD. Those speeds are quite impressive, the idea of those speeds make the high prices almost worth it for anybody.