USB 3.0 splashed down in earnest this past week at IDF in San Francisco
, but aside from a webcam and a few prototype devices on the
show floor, we've yet to hear of any real groundbreaking USB 3.0
products. Until now. Freecom
, a lesser known maker of external hard
drives and the like, has today confessed that it has a USB 3.0 external
HDD in the pipeline, and unless we're missing something, that makes it
the first to do so.
The Hard Drive XS 3.0 doesn't look all that special on the outside.
It's just a plain portable HDD, with a regular exterior and no real
flash to speak of. But as with beauty, it's the inside that counts. As
the planet's first HDD to utilize SuperSpeed USB technology, this drive
can reportedly transfer data at up to 130MB/sec, and it's also the
smallest 3.5" desktop HDD available. Users can stuff up to 2TB within
the enclosure, and as with every other USB 3.0 HDD that'll arrive in
due time, this one is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 equipment.
The Hard Drive XS 3.0 will be available in Europe from mid-November
in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, with prices starting at 119 Euros for
1TB. If you're look to add USB 3.0 capabilities to your existing PC, a
Controller Card for desktops will be offered for 25.95 EUR while an
Express Controller Card will be sold for notebooks is 29.95 EUR.