OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro: 500GB, Bus-Powered - HotHardware
OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro: 500GB, Bus-Powered

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro: 500GB, Bus-Powered

Other World Computing's Mercury line has been around for what feels like years now, and as far back as we can remember, the crew  has looked like this. Taking a note from LaCie on "if ain't broke, don't fix it," the company is instead choosing to simply upgrade the capacity and features while keeping the look the same. The latest on-the-go storage solution is said to be able to hold up to 250 DVDs, half a billion photos or more MP3 than you'll ever have time to listen to in this life.

Officially called the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, this portable hard drive contains a 500GB 7200RPM HDD and arrives in three separate models including a 'Triple Interface' one with FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 and a 'Combo Interface' with just FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. The drive itself checks in at just 3.5" x 5.5" x 1" in size and is housed in an acrylic enclosure. Also of note, it's entirely bus powered, so there's no need for an AC adapter.



All three variants work with PCs and Macs and can be ordered right now. Details about the trio are posted below, with prices starting at $189.99 and reaching to $239.99 for the 'Triple Interface' edition.

• OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro “Triple Interface” FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0:  $239.99

Features Oxford 934 chipset, two FireWire 800 ports, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, FireWire 800/FireWire 800 to 400 and  USB 2.0 connecting cables, carrying case, $200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.

• OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro “Combo Interface” FireWire 400 + USB 2.0:  $219.99

Features Oxford 934 chipset, FireWire 400 port, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connecting cables, carrying case, $200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.

• OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 2.0:  $189.99

Features JMicron 20339 chipset, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, USB 2.0 Mini-B connecting cable, carrying case, $200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.


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Wow... that's pretty nice, though a little pricey. I really like the idea of being entirely bus powered - I have too many power bricks plugged in already.

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I like the choice of different interfaces.  I hated how I had to choose a different brand if I wanted firewire, the majority only do usb2.0.  Thankfully my 1TB Cavalry has usb and e-sata.  However, the only issue I have with the OCW hds is that those models are heavy in additional cost for the features.  Also, I hope no one will pay almost $200 for an external 500gb hd.  1TB is $99 on sale days...

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