today announced the availability of a new Zip drive that draws its power off the USB interface rather than relying on an external power supply. Iomega hopes the bus-powered removable storage drive will better appeal to laptop computer users and users looking for simplified connectivity.
Iomega’s new drive uses the Zip format — a removable storage medium that can accommodate up to 250MB of data on a single disk. The drive sports an ultra-thin design, and weighs in at about nine ounces.
The unit is similar to other recent Zip offerings — it’s fully compatible with both 250MB and older 100MB Zip disks. The drive will include one Iomega U250 disk, a 250MB premium design Zip disk that’s being offered in a new U shape and a polypropylene carrying case that Iomega describes as “virtually indestructible.”
Iomega says that the new drive is compatible with USB-equipped computers running various flavors of Windows and Unix, as well as Mac OS 8.1 or above.
The Zip 250MB USB Powered Drive is available from Iomega and retailers for a suggested retail price of US$179.95. The drive is expected to be available in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America markets by the end of the first quarter.