Storage product maker WiebeTech LLC has introduced the MicroGB+, its latest pocket FireWire drive for Macs and PCs.
The MicroGB+ is smaller, lighter and faster than its predecessor, and costs less, according to the company, which plans to publicly debut the drive at next month’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. (The drive is shipping now, however.)
The MicroGB+ measures 2.98 x 4.98 x 0.62 inches and weighs 6.9 ounces, according to the company. The MicroGB+ also provides dual FireWire interfaces, and comes in a silver-colored anodized aluminum case.
Like the rest of WiebeTech’s product offerings, you can order the drive in a user-configurable “0GB” version if you have your own drive you wish to install; WiebeTech also offers 20 – 60GB versions. Prices range from US$99.95 for the chassis to $349.95 for the 60GB version.
“High speed” versions of the drive equipped with 5400RPM mechanisms are available in both 20GB and 40GB capacities; what’s more a lower speed (and slightly less expensive) 4200RPM 40GB model is offered alongside the 30GB and 60GB models as well.
The drive ships with a FireWire cable, carrying case, and copy of MediaFour’s Mac Drive 5 software, which enables Mac-formatted drives to be read on Windows PCs. An AC adapter is available as a $19.95 option, if you’re using the drive on a non-powered FireWire system (some PCs and PowerBooks that have been upgraded with Cardbus-based FireWire adapters don’t power the FireWire interface).