MWSF: NewerTech upgrades miniStack external hard drive

Newer Technology debuted a new version of its NewerTech miniStack external hard drive, with an upgraded design and enhanced features at the 2006 Macworld Conference & Expo.

The enhanced NewerTech miniStack v2 is engineered to increase drive capacity 80- to 500GB while adding multiple FireWire and USB port options divided between rear and side configurations.

The NewerTech miniStack retails for less than $140 for the 80 GB version and is available in capacities up to 500GB at 7200RPM. An “add your own hard drive” kit is available for $80.

Although specifically designed to work in conjunction with the Mac mini, the NewerTech miniStack works with any Apple or PC computer with an available FireWire or USB port.

All models feature data buffers of 2- or 8 MB, the latest Oxford911+ chipset and integrated 2-Port FireWire and 3-Port USB 2.0/1.1 powered hubs. Each features a smart power switch so the drive turns on and off with its corresponding mini or PC and a thermal probe that automatically regulates and varies fan speed according to the temperature. Its dimensions are 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches x 1.5 inches.

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