That beast up there is the eGo Black Belt. It’s one of two new portable hard drives launched today by Iomega, makers of the defunct Zip drive. It has “Drop Guard Xtreme” data protection, so that you can chuck it as far as 7 feet without losing your collection of ‘home videos’. It has a 250GB capacity.
Don’t mind that headline. I’m just trying to win the in-house competition for cramming the most incomprehensible tech phrases into one line. Let’s start with the easy bits first – USB key. That means USB drive. Or USB stick. Or, if you’re really confused about tech naming conventions, a memory stick. Just be warned that calling it a “memory stick” makes you sound as stupid as granddad does when he calls your Xbox 360 a “PlayStation.”
So to recap. The PicoDrive ST is a lump of RAM, that comes in up to 8GB size. It’s small so you can put it in your pocket.
Buffalo Technology has announced the availability of an enhanced range of MiniStation and DriveStation products, now featuring TurboUSB technology which is supposed to significantly improve the speed of file transfers and overall performance.
The TurboUSB MiniStation is a portable, shock-resistant USB 2.0 external hard drive, offering up to 64% better file transfer rates than traditional USB 2.0 hard drives. It features a wrap-around cable, tough armoured outer case, and shock-absorbent internal design, and is able to draw its power from the PC via a powered USB port or hub. It will come in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 250GB, and 300GB capacities.
Buffalo’s TurboUSB DriveStation is intended for users who want to easily back up their files, and boosts file transfer speeds by up to 37%. It comes in capacities of 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB. The unit features an auto-setup function, auto power-on, and auto-backup scheduling.