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External

The Ultrapack Go (left) and Petalite Flux (not to scale) can suck in enough power for a fu...

As our dependence on the smartphone has grown, there's been plenty said about the battery life of said devices. Thankfully, external charging solutions provide a way to keep powered up and now there are two that are laying claim to being the quickest of them all. Both the Unu Ultrapack Go and Petalite Flux are pocket-sized portable batteries promising power enough for a day's smartphone use from a 15 minute charge.  Read More

LaCie's Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt technology

No sooner has Thunderbolt – previously known as Light Peak – hit the market in the form of Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup, than LaCie has unveiled the first of what will no doubt be a flood of new Thunderbolt-capable devices to be announced in the coming months. Thanks to the new I/O technology, which boasts data transfer speeds of 10Gbps, LaCie’s Little Big Disk can perform full system backups in minutes and deliver multiple streams of HD video while offloading content without compromising performance.  Read More

The new d2 and 2big USB 3.0 external HDDs with 3TB drives from LaCie

LaCie has given a bump to its USB 3.0 external hard drives in terms of both capacity and speed with its latest d2 and 2big drives. Taking advantage of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, the company’s dual drive 2big USB 3.0 offers 6TB of storage and a 20 percent speed boost to 306MB/s – claiming the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to date – while the single drive d2 USB 3.0 offers 3TB of storage and transfer speeds of 156MB/s.  Read More

The e-paper display of Western Digital's My Passport Studio drive is always on

The trickle down effect has hit Western Digital’s 2.5-inch Passport external drives in the form of an e-paper display. Customizable always-on e-label smart displays were already available in some of Western Digital’s 3.5-inch external drives, such as the My Book Studio, and have now appeared on the company’s new My Passport Studio portable drive that also features a sleek brushed aluminum appearance and FireWire 800 to complement the standard USB 2.0 interface.  Read More

Zemno's DeskBook Pro portable docking station adds a stack of additional ports and connect...

The biggest advantage of laptop computers over their desktop cousins is their portability, but the flipside is that they are significantly harder than desktop PCs to upgrade. Bumping up the hard drive capacity, upping the screen size, or adding better speakers can be achieved with the addition of multiple peripherals, but continuously plugging in and unplugging these extra devices can get to be a real hassle. Zemno’s DeskBook Pro portable docking station eases the pain considerably, and its ModBay Technology enables the DeskBook Pro to support internal connection of hard drives, batteries and peripherals.  Read More

Buffalo's HD-HXU3 offers super-fast USB3.0 transfer speeds

Following the release of the first USB 3.0 Flash drive, full-sized external HDDs are now starting to appear with Buffalo just announced its first foray into this market. The DriveStation HD-HXU3 sports the latest high-speed interface, capable of transferring data at up to 625 MB per second - though Buffalo’s model can only hit 130 MB per second of this theoretical maximum - and likely to be a big hit with those that deal in large files such as HD video and images.  Read More

Ricoh's new GXR digital camera system, where the lens and sensor are made into an intercha...

After weeks of speculation and the accidental pre-announcement release of a demonstration video, the Ricoh GXR digital camera system has finally been officially announced. Not only is it claimed to be the smallest and lightest digital camera that allows lenses to be changed, but as the lens and sensor comprise one interchangeable unit, photographers can now choose different sensor/lens combinations for different photographic conditions.  Read More

Samsung’s STORY Station drives cut standby power consumption by 95 percent

Samsung’s STORY Station drives will be the first 3.5-inch external hard drives to boast a standby power consumption of less than 1W. The typical standby power consumption of external hard drives is around 2.5W, so lowering that figure to 0.09W constitutes a reduction of more than 95 percent. The reduced standby power level easily meets requirements for the forthcoming European Union’s EuP (Energy Using Products) Directive for Standby Regulation, which is effective from January 2010.  Read More

The Aegis Padlock Secure Drive

External hard drives make data portable, but they also make it vulnerable if you manage to misplace the drive or it is nabbed by some light-fingered thief. Software encryption provides one level of protection for that all-important data, but for extra peace of mind there are also options for hardware-based security like the new Aegis Padlock Secure Drive.  Read More

The rough and tumble ready SimpleTOUGH USB drive

It seems ‘rugged’ is the new black when it comes to external hard drives. Following the acquisition of SimpleTech, Hitachi has released a rugged portable USB drive under that brand - the SimpleTOUGH. The new drives are designed to endure some serious punishment with a rubberized body that's engineered to withstand a 9.8 foot (3 m) drop and take the pressure of a one-ton truck. The units also include an integrated, flexible, foldaway USB cable so the forgetful among us won’t get caught short.  Read More

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