We can't say we've ever felt the pressing need to save time and download energy by buying our external storage and digital movies at the same time, but Seagate's latest FreeAgent Go offers just that simplicity. The 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard-drive comes preloaded with twenty different feature-films, although you don't actually get them included in the purchase price; instead, Seagate - and Paramount Pictures, who they've partnered with for this - allow you to pick which titles to unlock, charging you between $9.99 and $14.99 for each one.
OWC has been making storage devices and other gear for Mac and PC users for years. The company has a full line of external storage solutions that have multiple interface options for the best data transfer speeds on any given computer.
Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage. The company offers internal hard drives for consumer and enterprise computers along with a full line of external storage solutions for a myriad of uses like the My Passport Studio unveiled earlier this month. WD has now unveiled another new addition to its external line up called the My Passport AV.
OWC has a big range of external storage solutions and other gear that is typically aimed at Mac users, but often work with Windows machines as well. The latest OWC offering is a new external storage solution called the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini. The storage solution is hailed as the industry's first quad interface 2.5-inch 1TB HDD.
Western Digital have outed a new portable hard-drive, the My Passport Studio, and like the My Book Studio before it they've slapped on a super-frugal E Ink panel to show drive status details. Available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities, the My Passport Studio has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections and comes ready formatted for use with a Mac.
LaCie have unveiled a new rugged external hard-drive, and it's apparently the first on the market with a Power eSATA port. The LaCie Rugged eSATA not only supports transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s, but - if used with a powered USB-eSATA combo connection - can hook up with a single cable.
Remember Sony's PS3-compatible labelling for external hard-drives, which the company tipped was incoming at the Japanese Torne TV tuner launch? The first fruits of that scheme have now been revealed, in the shape of two Buffalo drives. The Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC are each certified to play nicely with the new digital TV tuner, and each offer to boost PS3 storage by 500GB.
Sony Japan have announced their intention to start a "PS3 Compatible" labelling scheme, which would indicate which third-party external hard drives were compatible with the PlayStation 3 console. The news was revealed at a press demonstration of the company's Torne digital TV tuner peripheral in Japan recently; the tuner can record footage directly to the PS3's internal HDD, or to any of four simultaneously attached external drives.
NAS manufacturer Synology have outed a pair of new external network drives, one for the small business crowd and another more suited to home users. The Synology DiskStation DS1010+ has five internal HDD bays and the potential for a further five with an optional expansion enclosure, while the DiskStation DS110j makes do with just one drive. Both support DLNA media streaming, gigabit ethernet connectivity and have a clutch of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or peripherals.
SlashGear swung by photography accessory experts NEXTO earlier today to see their latest portable storage device for DSLR pros. The NEXTO NVS2500 and NVS2700 both pack large internal storage - starting at 160GB and ramping up to 500GB; 2TB drives are theoretically supported - and have 2.7-inch LCD displays which not only show the progress of sucking RAW, JPEG and video footage from your camera memory cards, but can preview those photos and footage too.
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Seagate have become the latest hard-drive manufacturer to push out a USB 3.0 external HDD, in the shape of the Seagate BlackArmor PS110, and since they know that most users probably won't have a USB 3.0 port on their existing notebook they've thrown in a "portable external hard drive performance kit" too. The kit includes the 500GB 7,200rpm PS110 external drive along with a PC Express card to add the requisite USB 3.0 port; once that's slotted into place you can expect sustained data transfer speeds of 100MB/s.