Wiebetech on Tuesday opened its presence at
Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco
with the introduction of six new or updated products:
UltraGB+, a bus-powered version of the company’s ToughTech hard drive;
Super DriveDock+, a redesigned version of the existing product;
G5Jam+, which has been updated to allow up to 10 hard drives to mount on a G5;
BittyDock, which connects 1- and 1.8-inch hard drives to your Mac via USB 2.0;
RackFire+, a 1U system that accomodates up to 1.6TB of storage; and
MicroGB+ Combo, a pocket drive with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connectivity and up to 100GB of capacity.
UltraGB+ comes with either FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 bus-powered connectivity as well as a USB 2.0 port, which requires the use of the included AC adapter because it can draw its own power. Both feature 120GB or 160GB of storage, access data at 7200RPM and feature FlexMount shock absorbers as well as an aluminum case. The FireWire 400 model sells for US$359.95 (120GB) and $399.95 (160GB) and the FireWire 800 model sells for $399.95 (120GB) and $439.95 (160GB). WiebeTech will ship them on Jan. 17.
Super DriveDock+ enables you to connect 3.5-inch IDE drives through a FireWire 800 port without an AC adapter. Previously equipped only with FireWire 400 compatibility, the upgraded Super DriveDock adds a set of three LED lights that warn you if your Mac’s FireWire port doesn’t have enough power to run a drive. It also features a non-bus-powered USB 2.0 port and comes with an AC adapter. Super DriveDock+ will sell for $249.95 when it ships on Jan. 17.
G5Jam+’s updated architecture enables you to mount up to six internal and four external SATA drives with a G5 with the included SATA adapter card — up to 2.4TB can be mounted inside and up to 1.6TB can be mounted outside, with the option of creating RAID 0 or RAID 1 arrays. WiebeTech notes that this solution is physically incompatible with the Nvidia GeForce 6800 video card. Shipping now, G5Jam+ is available without hard drives for $599.95, with two 160GB drives for $799.95, with four 160GB drives for $1,099.95, with two 250GB drives for $999.95, with four 250GB drives for $1,499.95, with two 400GB drives for $1,699.95 and with four 400GB drives for $2,849.95.
BittyDock is bus-powered and connects to any USB port. It includes connectors for Hitachi and Toshiba 1.8-inch drives as well as an adapter for 1-inch micro drives. Expected to ship in mid-February, BittyDock comes with a USB cable and sells for $79.95.
Each of RackFire+’s two FireWire drive trays can hold a pair of 400GB IDE drives and can be configured as a Hardware 0 + Software 1 RAID. It features dual fans and plug-and-play use in Mac OS X v10.2.6 or higher, with the option to use it as a stand-alone enclosure or mounted to a rack with the included brackets and ears. Shipping now, RackFire+ is available as just the enclosure for $699.95 or with the following drive combinations: four 120GB drives ($999.95), four 160GB drives ($1,099.95), four 250GB drives ($1,699.95) and four 400GB drives ($2,999.95). Extra trays are $99.95.
Finally, MicroGB+ Combo features a bus-powered FireWire 400 port and a non-powered USB 2.0 port, which requires an AC adapter sold separately. It ships with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 cables and is available as just the enclosure for $119.95. You can also purchase it loaded with a 40GB, 60GB or 80GB 5400rpm drive for $199.95, $259.95 or $319.95. 60GB 7200rpm ($329.95) and 100GB 4200rpm ($399.95) configurations are also available.