Hitachi have announced a new range of simple USB hard-drives, together with a basic NAS adapter which can connect two external drives to a network. The SimpleDRIVE Mini and SimpleTOUGH portable USB drives are available in 250, 320 and 500GB capacities, with the former adding ruggedness and the latter basic colors.
LaCie have given their LaCinema Rugged multimedia hard-drive an HD upgrade, in the shape of the unsurprisingly-titled LaCinema Rugged HD. The 500GB external hard-drive keeps the shock-resistant chassis, HDMI port and remote control, but now supports 1080p high-definition media in H.264, MKV, WMV9 and MPEG-4 formats.
Do you have room in your heart for another tiny memory stick? Super Talent hope so, hence their latest Pico Mini thumb-drives. Offering 2GB to 16GB of storage with a USB 2.0 interface and up to 200x transfer speeds, the drives are also waterproof.
A-DATA have unveiled what they're calling "the first flash drive compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)", though as far as we've heard there haven't been many reported problems with existing drives and the Windows 7 RC. Still, if you're looking for up to 64GB of portable storage then the A-DATA XPG Xupreme may be the drive of your dreams.
PQI announced the release of their Cool Drive U360 today, which works by connecting computers by means of the USB port. This gadget makes it so file transfers can be completed between the computers at speeds of up to 17MB/s.
The U360 will be available in sizes spanning from 4GB to 16GB and contains software that's meant to allow folders between computers sync up. It can also apparently sync Outlook information.
This device can support both PC and Mac operating systems including Windows ME up to Vista and Mac OS X 10.1 or newer. We don't know the price or release date for the Cool Drive U360 from PQI yet, but we'll keep you posted.
How can you make your external USB Blu-ray drive better than everyone elses? Well, you could make it a Blu-ray burner, give it a range of connections and make it super-cheap, or you could go the ASUS way and put a great big light-up blue X on the side.
Every sale of Active Media's new WWF Penguin USB flash drive may prompt the company to send off a 5-percent donation to the WWF, but we're hoping it won't encourage owners to grab poor, innocent penguins, snatch off their upper-bodies and attempt to ram the remainder into the nearest USB port. Real penguins don't come in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB capacities, after all.
Can we have too many glossy, glowing boxes? LaCie don't seem to think so, hence their latest toppled-obelisk design, this time housing a hard-drive media player. The LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge can be used with any existing 3.5-inch hard-drive, outputting upscaled 1080p video via HDMI, but it also has a USB port for external, removable drives.
A-DATA have announced what they're saying is the world's slimmest portable hard-drive, the NH92. Based on a 2.5-inch HDD, the A-DATA NH92 measures 12mm thick and weighs 152g, despite offering capacities from 250GB to 500GB.
Brando have unveiled a useful hard-drive adapter, which turns any 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive into both an external USB drive and a mediaplayer. Connecting to a TV or other display via HDMI, the SATA HDD Multi-Media Player Adapter can funnel up to 1080i resolution content through its own on-screen mediaplayer app.