OWC announced an “industry first” at CES today, the company’s eSATA 6G USB 3.0 external storage drive. The drive is part of the Mercury Elite Pro mini lineup and is available with up to 1.5TB of storage space. Thirteen hard drive or SSD-equipped capacity options are at hand, as well as either USB 3.0 or 2.0. What OWC calls the triple interface model can reach up to 600MB per second rates in the form of storage performance.
The bus-powered Mercury Elite Pro mini measures in at 5.5 x 3.8 x 1.1 inches and is made of “aircraft grade” brushed aluminum. A feature of the drive is that it doesn’t require A/C power to run as it’s powered through the bus, making it a good mobile device for those who need extra storage and capability while on the go. The drive also has a fanless operation.
Users have the choice between the 2.5-inch 7200rpm SATA hard drive or the Mercury brand SSD.
Pricing & Availability
The drives comes with a lifetime US-based around the clock technical support aa well as a three-year warranty. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini with USB 3.0 and eSATA is available now through OWC and approved retailers. The drives begin at $64.99 for a 0GB kit (just a case without the hard drive) and the 1.5TB hard drive is $114.99. The SSD-based model is going for $159.99 and has a 480GB storage capacity.