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Believe it or not, we have actually heard of a quad-channel USB 3.0 stick before. They certainly aren't "everywhere" yet, but they're becoming increasingly popular as more and more notebooks start to ship with USB 3.0 ports. Sharkoon, an accessories and peripherals company, has just introduced their newest USB stick, a USB 3.0 device that has write rates of up to 70MB/sec, read rates of up to 110MB/sec and arrives in two sizes: 32GB and 64GB. These aren't giant drives that could be easily used as notebook backup drivers, but they're still sizable enough to carry around your essential documents and/or media. It only ships in one color, a dark grey aluminum, and has a protective cap and keychain... Read more...
With USB 3.0 becoming the port of choice for many new notebooks and desktops, many accessory companies are now looking to provide peripherals that convert other formats to USB 3.0. It's a fight for compatibility, and NewerTech is now introducing a new adapter that makes any eSATA hard drives compatible with USB 3.0. The idea is simple: if you have an eSATA storage device, but you'd rather use it via USB 3.0, this adapter will make it happen for $29.95. It offers performance of up to 247MB/s reads and 206.4MB/s writes for the fastest data transfer rates available with external data storage/backup. It's being introduced at MacWorld, and is immediately available for consumers. The only catch is... Read more...
StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives. StarTech claims these new docking stations are the first in the market to offer support for four drives simultaneously. The new SATDOCK4U3E offers USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity while the SATDOCK4U2E  offers USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivty. StarTech.com Launches the First SATA Hard Drive Docking Stations to Support Four Drives Simultaneously New 4-Drive Docking Stations offer eSATA and USB host connectivity, enabling users to access up to four external SATA hard drives and solid state drives... Read more...
LaCie has always been a company obsessed with style, and so this newest partnership isn't too surprising. The storage company has teamed with Christofle to introduce one of the fanciest USB flash drives we've ever seen. It's a circular device that snaps in two, with the Galet being pebble-shaped and plated in silver. It's definitely not for those who need a bargain drive, but if you're a fashionista, why not? It's marketed as a beautiful tech accessory, as it's hand-crafted in France and plated with real silver. It's carefully inspected for a smooth finish before being shipped, and it's hand-packed in LaCie's factory in Paris. The Galet is only available in a 4GB size, and it'll sell for $130.... Read more...
Looks like the big dogs, namely LaCie, Seagate and Western Digital, have some extra competition. The HDD space has always been crowded, and it seems to be a market with ultra-thin margins. But the good ones are staying in it, and hanging in there. Freecom has been dishing out storage options for quite some time, but rarely gets the kind of recognition enjoyed by those other guys. This new drive, however, might just be stylish enough to grab the mainstream attention we believe that it deserves. The new Mobile Drive Mg is described as an "elegant mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac market." We're guessing it's aimed at the Mac market due to the all-magnesium enclosure, but there's... Read more...
Change is in the air, and so is the smell of new flash memory. Lexar really is on a roll to start 2011, first issuing a new 32GB microSDHC card, and now revealing the Echo MX and ZX USB backup drives. The company's newest backup drives are unique in that they're "no touch," compared to the "one touch" options you'll usually find. Both of these Echo drives are highly portable, and both have 128-bit AES encryption for the ultimate in security. The Echo MX even offers an always-on capacity meter that displays how much storage is left at any given time, while the ultra-tiny Echo ZX has a "plug-and-stay" design that allows it to remain firmly plugged in to whatever machine you're backing up. These... Read more...
For whatever reason, file sharing is just difficult in many ways. Either your flash drive is too small, or your network is too slow. It just seems like there's no "good way" to reliability get files from one PC to another when you need them there the most. Many companies have created new and interesting solutions to an old problem, but we're still on the hunt for that perfect fix. The iTwin definitely has potential to be "the one." The company's self-named product has been released this week in limited quantities, consisting of two identical parts that look just like a USB thumb drive. Each half of the iTwin is plugged into the USB ports of any two online computers a user wishes to share. With... Read more...
At this time last year, USB 2.0 hard drives were all the rage. Just 12 months later, and now a whole bunch of new external HDDs have USB 3.0 support. And it's about time! Throughout the year, we have wondered why laptop and desktop makers weren't supporting USB 3.0 with any real frequency. Even today, loads of new notebooks are shipping with one (or none) USB 3.0 ports. We realize that not every USB peripheral will need to take advantage of the extra speed (mice and keyboards come to mind), but since they're backwards compatible, we see no real reason not to load up on them. But hopefully, as more companies start to ship cheaper USB 3.0 devices, computer makers will take the hint: we need USB... Read more...
USB keys have been around nearly as long as real keys, or so it seems. But that doesn't mean that the industry is stopping soon. Kingston has been producing USB flash drives for as long as we can remember, offering some tough ones, some huge ones, and some playful ones. The new DataTraveler Mini Fun Generation 2 (G2) is definitely a playful one, which seems perfect for the holiday season. These small and colorful USB drives are designed to be snapped into one another, and ship in three different colors. They're sized at 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, with each capacity offering a different color combination. They are all priced below $15, making them the perfect impulse buy. Santa's calling, are you listening?... Read more...
USB 3.0 just keeps getting better, and faster. Patriot, which is probably best known for their solid state drives and memory modules, has just revealed a new USB 3.0 thumb drive. The Supersonic USB 3.0 lives up to its name, offering a native single-chip USB 3.0 controller as well as quad-channel technology that helps better take advantage of the bandwidth. The Patriot Supersonic series eliminates performance bottlenecks introduced when using a separate USB 3.0 bridge chip by integrating a native USB 3.0 flash memory controller. This results in a smaller footprint and higher performance than bridge based solutions. The drive is housed in aluminum and is quite shock-resistant. It will ship in 32GB... Read more...
With the recent explosion in internet content, many people are considering hooking their computers to a television. But if your video card doesn't have an HDMI output, the options get tricky. Converters and adapters get involved, and there's generally a loss of quality or worse: some material won't output at all if the right safeguards and DRM requirements aren't in place. But there's a better solution out there, according to Sewell Direct, at least. The company has just introduced the HD Deck USB to HDMI SW-31000 Display Adapter, which is a long name for a product that simply converts any USB port on your PC into an HDMI output. It also works on Macs, and it only requires USB 2.0 (not 3.0).... Read more...
USB 3.0 thumb drives aren't anything revolutionary at this point, but they're still new enough to be novel. And Super Talent has been active in the industry from the very beginning. The company recently released a $15 Express DUO flash drive, which is probably the cheapest USB 3.0 USB key out there. But their newest product does something more than just store files. Super Talent has teamed up with Creedo for a USB 3.0 Express RAM CACHE, and it's now available in a 16GB version. Basically, this stick allows Windows users to store their favorite applications right on the USB key, but the settings and preferences are pulled over as well. This way, you can simply plug the drive into any PC you may... Read more...
USB 3.0 may not the total buzz of 2010 (that goes to tablets!), but it's definitely the peripheral highlight of the year. USB hasn't seen a major innovation in awhile prior to USB 3.0, and the speed increases are rather extreme, not to mention the backwards compatibility. Thus, it's not surprising to see major storage players like LaCie jump at the chance to inflate their USB 3.0 inventory. The company has released a number of USB 3.0 hard drives to date, and now there's a USB hub to work with them. The new LaCkie Hub4 USB 3.0 provides four USB 3.0 ports for your PC, and of course it's fully USB 2.0 compatible. It's a pretty simple hub, but having the ability to add four USB 3.0 devices is huge.... Read more...
Is "fast" ever "fast enough?" No, probably not. Super Talent has been pushing speed boundaries for years now, offering up one of the first USB 3.0 thumb drives earlier in the year. Since then, a number of other rivals have come to market, but Super Talent is bringing the focus back on their USB 3.0 RAIDDrive with a new firmware update. No one really expects a company to bring a firmware update to a USB drive, but Super Talent has. Thanks to a new update, which takes advantage of 2nd generation USB 3.0 host controllers, the RAIDDrive can now transfer up to 55MB/sec faster, or up to 370MB/sec overall. That's definitely quick for a thumb drive, and it's proven in this video below. Not a bad (free!)... Read more...
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