Verbatim launches sexy, always-on HDD
Verbatim’s shooting for style points with its latest USB hard drive, with slick curves and a “premium piano black finish,” to quote the company.
In addition, the InSight portable drive has an “Always On” display that shows the drive name and available storage space even when it’s not connected to a computer. Verbatim sees this as a way for users to distinguish the content of multiple drives, in case users purchase more than one.
The InSight comes in a 320 GB model for $120 and a 500 GB model for $150. Both spin at 5,400 RPM and transfer data at 480 MB per second through the drive’s USB 2.0 port. For Windows users, Nero BackItUp Essential software is included for automatically creating system backups, though the drives are compatible with Macs as well. The drives have a 5-year warranty and are available now through Best Buy and other retailers.
I like the form factor of the InSight, which measures 6 x 3.4 x 0.63 inches. It’d rest nicely alongside laptop for extra storage, and would fit snugly inside a coat pocket. The Always On screen is a nice touch, though I think the ability to glance at remaining capacity is the most useful aspect of that feature.
I believe we’ve touched on this before, but what’s really neat about the hard disc drive space now are the external features that are popping up besides storage capacity and read/write speeds. Some of the perks we’ve seen lately include extreme durability, automatic backup and media center functions. And all of this is being done within the $100 to $200 price range you’d expect from a high-capacity drive.
Now all we need is for some clever manufacturer to roll all these features into one epic hard drive, and we’d be all set.
11 Comments on Verbatim launches sexy, always-on HDD
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- Posted on: 19 Aug 09 13:16
It is a pretty drive, but its price is expensive considering its size even for an external drive. I mean i can get a 320Gb ext drive for 59E, and a 500Gb for 61E... It is almost double the price
just a link for quick comparisons
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- Posted on: 20 Aug 09 16:06
Why not use some common sense and do this:
Seagate 500Gb 7200rpm SATA2 laptop 2.5" drive + Vantec 2.5" USB2.0/eSata enclosure = $150 = Powered TOTALLY ONLY BY USB2.0 (yep, no stupid power cords needed), is waayy faster, can almost fit in your breast pocket, when USB3.0 comes out early next year just pop drive out of this case and put it in new USB3.0 case..
I just sooooo have to laugh at all these OLDER fixed/static removal HDD solutions when just nearby is a faaaaaaarrr superior solution that gives you soo much more for so much less.
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Seagate Momentus (ST9500420AS) 500GB 7200.4 SATA 7200RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" Laptop HDD (OEM) +
Vantec NexStar SX NST-285S2-BK 2.5" enclosure.
All that requires less power but at the same capacity/speed. Frick'n awesome solution for completely mobile and speedy archive storage. Have NOT seen anything come close in terms of mobility (size+USB2.0-only powered), scalability (swap drive with next-gen USB3.0 interfacing coming in 2010), speed (maxs out USB2.0 and will come sorta close to max out USB3.0), price (stupid a*s $399 for a 128Gb keydrive.. pllleeaaasseee! -- this totally blows that clean off for 1/3 the cost and 3x the capacity), and size (what comes close to 500Gb for that speed vs prize vs size point?).
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