In case you missed it, Iomega’s three upcoming external SSDs will supposedly offer faster transfer speeds than its competitors, boasting a maximum of 10 times the capability of USB 2.0 drives and twice the speed of 7200 rpm Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives connected via USB 3.0. The drives offer a read rate that reaches up to 265MB per second and a write speed of 215MB per second. Although set with the 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, Iomega ensures that they will still be compatible with 2.0 USB ports. The portable SSDs will be available in 64, 128 and 256 GB storage capacities and are priced at $229, $399, and $749 respectively.
The external drives will come with v.Clone software so you can access your computer away from home, one-year subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security, back-up software, and up to 2GB of online storage from MozyHome. The SSDs also offer the protection travelers will need while the device is transported in luggage, with Iomega claiming that they can withstand a drop from up to 10 feet high.
When compared to external SSDs such as the Enyo, the price is about the same; but with Iomega’s version being just a bit faster, yet without LED indicators, and a little heavier. These SSDs need no external power supply and will stay cool when being used.
Each SSD will be available in early November from distributors and Iomega’s official website, priced at $229 (64GB), $399 (128GB) and $749 (256GB) storage capacities. They will all also come with a three-year limited warranty.
Iomega External 3.0 SSD Specifications:
- Capacity: 64GB/128GB/256GB
- Color: Black
- Dimensions: 4.35″ x 2.72″ x .37″
- Weight: 109g
- Interface: 3.0 SuperSpeed
- Windows Vista/XP/7 (32-bit)
- 256MB RAM or higher
- 300 MHz or higher processor
- USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
- Mac OS X 10.4 – 10.6, or higher
- 128MB RAM or higher
- Mac PowerPC G3/Intel Core Duo processor
- USB 2.0