Soyo Group Inc. has taken the wraps off its latest portable hard drive, the
Cigar HD20, a 1.8-inch hard drive with a USB 2.0 interface and 20GB of storage capacity. With its magnesium alloy casing, the US$199 Cigar HD20 is approximately the size of an iPod and weighs 2.8 ounces. The hard drive spins at 4200RPM and it draws power from a USB port. Soyo’s Web page for the product lists the inclusion of compression/decompression software as well as e-mail sending and receiving capabilities and security features, but a company representative told MacCentral that none of those items currently ship with the drive, although they could be added at a later date. He was unsure if they will be compatible with Mac OS X. The Cigar HD20 comes with a USB 2.0 cable and a soft carrying case.