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Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash Drive Reviewed. Verdict: SuperSpeed Going Mainstream

By Ian Chiu

More and more companies are starting to catch on to the fact that the SuperSpeed interface is a veritable godsend for flash drives. When you remove the bandwidth bottleneck that was really the only thing keeping flash drives back what you can get can be astonishing; as you can get power & performance that still can fit in the palm of your hand!

The latest company to bring out a USB 3.0 flash drive is Kingston (following Super Talent) with their Data Traveler Ultimate 3.0. Compared to the older Data Travelers, this new model’s official speed of 80MB/s read and 60MB/s write are a much needed improvement, but the write speeds are a tad on the low side when compared to competitors in its price range. Luckily, its above average read speed does make up for some of this shortcoming and only you can really decide if it’s the perfect match for your needs or not. Everything USB has the full review.

[ Everything USB - Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash Drive Review ]

Fileus Backupendo! (Or Torrentus Storicus!) Buffalo To Offer Harry Potter Hard Drives

Harry Potter Hard Drives (Images courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

Emblazoned with only a minuscule Harry Potter logo, I have to say these external hard drives from Buffalo are rather uninspired given the subject material they had to work with. But, I guess what’s more important in this case is that the drives come pre-loaded with the last 6 Harry Potter films in the Divx format, complete with DRM which means the videos won’t play without a net connection. The drives themselves are rather ho-hum too, with the larger one coming in at 1TB and the portable one at 500GB, and both are expected to be available sometime in November for an undisclosed price. Yawn!

[ Akihabara News - Buffalo to offer Harry Potter HDD ]

Boox Store Storage Boxes Hide Your Mess – Make You Look Like An Intellectual

Boox Store Storage Boxes (Images courtesy Mocha)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well here’s a nice alternative to hiding your crap in Rubbermaid containers stashed away in a closet or crawlspace. These Boox Store boxes are made from high-quality cardboard and look like a set of books when sealed up and placed on their side. According to my research, books were a form of communication that existed before the iPad and Kindle that used words printed on sheets of paper to communicate knowledge or information, and I’m assuming by having these on your shelf or desk, you’ll not only look more organized, but intellectual as well. A set of 2 is available from Mocha for ~$14 (£8.99).

[ Boox Store Storage Boxes ] VIA [ Holycool.net ]

Giant LEGO Brick Storage Containers

Giant LEGO Brick Storage Containers (Image courtesy A Place For Everything)
By Andrew Liszewski

Goodbye Rubbermaid! Your containers have served me well over the years as a catch-all place to store miscellaneous crap, but there’s no way you can compete with these LEGO brick plastic storage containers. Available in medium (~$27) and large (~$41) capacities from A Place For Everything they’re an officially licensed LEGO product for STORE, and like the regular sized versions, can be stacked and assembled into gigantic creations. I mean seriously, who will ever need to buy shelves, dressers or even a bed again when they can just build their own from giant LEGO bricks?

And in case you were wondering, yes, that giant disembodied LEGO minifig head is also available as a storage container for ~$32.

[ A Place For Everything - Giant LEGO Brick Storage Box ] VIA [ smissmiss ]

Seagate Makes Claims To The Industry’s First 1.5TB Portable Drive

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable External Drive (Image courtesy Seagate) By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to get excited about hard drives since they’re inevitably going to get bigger and faster and cheaper. I mean if someone announced a 50TB flash drive tomorrow I’d probably get a little giddy, but odds are that’s not going to happen. So instead I’m going to give a shout out to Seagate and their latest and greatest FreeAgent GoFlex drive.

The black monolith will happily gobble up 1.5TB of your music, ebooks, photos and movies and since it ships with USB 3.0 capabilities you won’t be spending hours on end backing up files over USB 2.0. Assuming of course your PC is already on the USB 3.0 bandwagon. The drive also comes with a Superspeed USB 3.0 cable which will still work with USB 2.0 ports if you haven’t upgraded yet, and will also play nice with all of Seagate’s ‘GoFlex Storage System’ accessories like network adapters and media players. Available now, in the US at least, for $249.99.

[ PR - Seagate Introduces Industry's First 1.5TB Portable External Drive ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive Can Back Up Videos Directly From Your Camcorder

I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking for a way to backup photos from your memory-hungry DSLR while away from a PC, there’s a nice assortment of devices to choose from. But it’s not quite the same situation if you’re looking to backup the videos captured by those compact camcorders that are all the rage right now. In fact, the new HDPN-U500/V external hard drive from I-O Data could be one of the first.

The unique bulge you see on one side is supposed to make it look like a Windows file folder icon, where you know, you store your files, but it thankfully serves double duty as a place to clip and store the included USB cable when not in use. It of course functions as a regular old external hard drive when connected to a PC, but it can also be used to backup video files from a Sanyo Xacti, JVC Everio or Sony Handycam without the assistance of a computer. Perfect for freeing up space on your camcorder when traveling. And the videos on the drive can also be enjoyed on a TV when using your camcorder as the AV interface. The I-O Data HDPN-U500/V will be available in Japan by the end of September for ~$190. (¥16,000)

[ I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Verbatim’s Leather Wallet Drive

Verbatim Wallet Drive (Image courtesy ChipChick)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s no sign of them on the Verbatim website just yet, but apparently you’ll soon be able to carry hundreds of thousands of receipts and family photos in your back pocket with their new wallet drives. They’re basically just a hard drive wrapped in brown or dark brown leather (stamped with the Verbatim logo) that come with a small suite of Nero software on board, and whenever they are available you’ll be able to pick one up in 320GB or 500GB capacities. Pricing TBD.

[ ChipChick - Verbatim Wallet Drive Resembles a Leather Wallet, Sans Money ]

NES, SNES & GBA Cart Hard Drives & Flash Drives

NES, SNES & GBA Cart Hard Drives & Flash Drives (Images courtesy 8-Bit Memory)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re a fan of classic gaming, particularly from Nintendo, you’re either going to love or cringe at the site of these cartridges that have been converted into hard drives and USB flash drives. They were created by Etsy seller 8-Bit Memory, and the prices seem to range from about $39.99 for a GBA cart 4GB flash drive, to upwards of $179.99 for a 1TB NES cart external drive. Custom orders are also welcome, if your cart of choice hasn’t already been converted.

[ Etsy - 8-Bit Memory - NES, SNES & GBA Cart Hard Drives & Flash Drives ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Buffalo Dualie Portable Hard Drive And Dock Makes Room For Your iPhone

Buffalo Dualie Portable Hard Drive And Dock (Image courtesy Buffalo Technology)
By Andrew Liszewski

Awwww, showing that sharing when it comes to technology can still be a good thing, the Buffalo Dualie portable hard drive and dock comes with an extra slot that’s just waiting for your iPhone to cozy up and sync. (Or your iPod Touch or regular iPod thanks to a set of included adapters.) The 500GB hard drive comes equipped with USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 ports and a brushed aluminum two-tone finish so it doesn’t clash with your other Apple gear. Very important. Oddly enough the dock itself only appears to come with USB 2.0 ports, so if you want to take advantage of those FireWire 800 speeds, you’ll have to hook up the hard drive on its own. The cheapest online price seems to be about $150 which isn’t actually that cheap for a 500GB drive these days, but who wants to cheap out and risk using a drive that doesn’t match their iMac or MacBook?

[ Buffalo Dualie Portable Hard Drive And Dock ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]