If you’re looking for data storage with a design flair that’s a bit unusual, you might want to check out the new offerings from Danish company
Googie Insiders. The company has introduced the aptly named Sandwich and Clamshell external hard drives, both of which support the Mac.
The Sandwich is a rectilinear drive with no internal fan and capacities ranging from 80GB to 120GB. The system uses the ubiquitous Oxford 911 bridge chipset to manage data transfer on the FireWire interface, and features drive mechanisms that work at 7200RPM. Externally powered, the Sandwich units ship with cables and sport twin FireWire interfaces on their backplanes to support easy daisy chaining. Googie notes that the Sandwich will ship in the next few days.
The Clamshell, meanwhile, is an ovoid contraption billed as “the smallest and lightest 3 1/2-inch hard drives ever made. Storage capacity on the Clamshell series ranges from 40GB to 160GB, and is available in either FireWire or USB 2.0 versions. Googie sells USB 2.0 interface cards, if you’re interested in adding one to your OS X-equipped Mac, as well.
So far, Googie’s distribution seems limited to resellers located in several European countries and Latin America, but Googie indicates that an online store is coming soon. To check out the interesting design and some of the features of Googie drives, drop by the site.