is better known for their flash memory and RAM products, but the company also offers conventional external hard disks for Mac and PC users looking for more storage capacity. The company has announced its 160GB and 250GB SimpleDrive External Hard Drives, to be unveiled at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show that kicks off later this week.
The SimpleDrives feature 7200RPM mechanisms and USB 2.0 interfaces. USB 2.0 is appearing on new Macintosh models, can be added to older Power Macs through the use of a PCI expansion card, and is backwards compatible with the USB 1.1 interface that’s been standard issue on new Mac models since the 1998 introduction of the iMac.
The drives are encased in aluminum and don’t use fans. They measure 5.51 x 8.86 x 1.35 inches. The drive also features a Kensington security lock to help keep it in place in insecure environments. The lock work in tandem with Kensington’s MicroSaver cable to attach to a wall or desk.
The 160GB SimpleDrive costs US$219.99, while the 250GB model costs $369.