USB 3.0 may not be all that mainstream quite yet, but that's certainly not stopping companies all over the place from creating new hardware to take advantage of the speedier option. This time around, we've got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, designed to hold two 2.5-inch drives. It could look worse in the aesthetics department, too. But, it's already caught our eye, so we figured we would share it with the world.
Technology is an ever-progressing front, and as we welcome the next batch of great inventions, we also have to take in the minor steps in the same direction as well. Then again, getting a monitor that not only receives its display signal from the next step in Bluetooth tech, but is also powered by it, may not be all that minor at all. Thanks to 3M, you can now safely debate the subject, as they've gone ahead and demoed their first monitor that does just that.
ASUS has just sent us over some shots of their new ASUS Immensity concept motherboard, along with a few scant details to whet our appetite. The new 'board is confirmed as having a Lucid Hydra chipset and ATI Radeon 5000 Series GPU, along with a fair few of the latest ports like USB 3.0.
Iomega has been making a full line of external HDDs for a long time and the company has offerings aimed at on the go users and those looking for more storage space for the home or office. The company has announced its latest line of products including USB 3.0 portables and a new FireWire 800 HDD for Mac systems.
Silicon Power has unveiled a new external portable hard drive called the Armor A80. The new HDD uses a USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The HDD is rugged, meets US military standards for drop survivability, and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.
USB 3.0 gear is coming to the market in larger amounts every day. Today if your notebook or mainboard has USB 3.0 ports, you are lucky to get a pair of them. VIA Labs will be showing off a new host controller for USB 3.0 at Computex that can double the number of USB 3.0 ports available.
If you are on a computer that is still working well for your needs, you probably aren't in the market for upgrading to a new machine or mainboard right now. The only downside for lots of folks with older machines that still work well is that the PCs lack USB 3.0 ports to support the new and much faster USB 3.0 storage devices starting to land on the market.
Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive. Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.