Storage peripheral maker
WiebeTech LLC today announced price reductions on its DesktopGB series. The external hard disk storage system sports FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces, and works with both Macs and Windows PCs.
The systems ship with 7200RPM hard disk mechanisms in storage capacities from 60GB to 120GB. WiebeTech also offers a “0GB” configuration that you can configure yourself with your own hard drive mechanism, if you wish.
The DesktopGB utilizes Oxford Semiconductor’s popular Oxford 911 bridge chipset to manage data transmission on the FireWire interface. And like all USB 2.0-equipped storage devices, the DesktopGB is downwardly compatible with the USB 1.1 interface that’s built into the Mac — although Mac OS X users who have upgraded their Power Macs with third-party USB 2.0 interfaces will be able to enjoy the faster USB 2.0 transfer rates, if they prefer.
WiebeTech CEO James Wiebe said that the new prices enable his company to offer the DesktopGB at prices comparable to what the competition charges for less flexible FireWire-only drives. Prices range from $109.95 for the do-it-yourself unit (down $50) to $50 drops for the 60GB and 80GB units, down to $199.95 and $219.95 respectively. The 120GB unit is $40 less than before, at $299.95.
Each DesktopGB system comes with a vertical stand, USB2 cable, FireWire cable and AC adapter. They’re available from dealers, direct from WiebeTech, and from WiebeTech distributor Dr. Bott.