announced a new line of portable hard drives
features aluminum cases, bus powered drives, and quad interfaces. Because the
new Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini case design is a small version of the case that
is used in the company's Mercury
line, it should be familiar to OWC customers.
Measuring 3.8 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro
mini case is small enough to easily fit in a laptop bag or backpack. In terms of connectivity, the Mercury Elite-AL
Pro mini drives come with an eSATA port, a USB 2.0 port, and a pair of FireWire
800 ports. For users who wish to connect via FireWire 400, OWC includes a FireWire
400 to FireWire 800 cable. FireWire 800, USB 2.0, and eSATA cables are also
included with the drive.
For power, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini case can use FireWire,
a powered USB port, or a power adapter which is sold separately.
Available models include:
A model without a drive is also available. The empty case
sells for $90 or $98 with a Mac-compatible software bundle that includes Intech
SpeedTools Utilities, Prosoft Engineering Data Backup, and Carbon Copy Cloner. NovaStor
NovaBACKUP for Windows is also included. The aforementioned software bundle is included
with all models that come with hard drives listed above.