2010 has been a comparatively quiet year for Freecom, but we’re not even halfway through January of 2011 and there’s another world first announcement to make: The is the world’s thinnest mobile hard drive. It’s designed for the Mac market, and manages to squeeze 320GB of storage into a drive only 10mm thick. The good news doesn’t stop there though, as Freecom decided to include a USB 3.0 connection allowing data transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s/. Such a thin drive needs protection which is catered for by the magnesium enclosure styled in white with a silver band to make it look right sitting next to any piece of the Mac hardware. If you need more storage then the Mobile Drive Mg does have a 750GB option.
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It is thicker at 15mm to accommodate the additional storage, but does come with an optional FireWire800 port next to the USB 3.0 port if you require it. There’s also a 750GB model without FireWire. The Mobile Drive Mg 320GB model costs $89.99. The 750GB model is $129.99, and the 750GB model with FireWire800 costs the most at $169.99. All 3 drives come with a 2-year warranty amd are available from the Freecom website, but will also be carried by Apple Premium Resellers (where they will probably be cheaper to buy). Read more at the, via.
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Matthew’s Opinion Freecom ticks almost every box with this new drive. It’s super thin, it is fast due to USB 3.0, it doesn’t need a separate power cable, and the casing offers decent protection. So where does it fall short? By making it geared to Mac users only.
Why oh why would Freecom limit themselves to the Mac user when there’s bound to be thousands of PC users out there wanting a very thin, fast, lightweight drive in their laptop bag? It sounds like a missed opportunity and hopefully one Freecom will fix soon with the announcement of a PC range in colors other than white.
Been awhile, hasn't it? The same company responsible for serving up the world's first is now responsible for cranking out the world's slimmest portable HDD.
At just ten millimeters thick, the Mobile Drive Mg is likely thinner than your average ink pen, touting a magnesium enclosure and a USB 3.0 port, enabling it to shoot data back and forth at rates as high as 130MB/sec. Oddly enough, the drive will only be made available through Apple Premium Resellers, despite the fact that no existing Mac ships with.
At any rate, it'll be on sale within the week for $69.95 (320GB) or $109.95 (750GB), with a high-end 750GB model offering both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 for $119.95. Freecom Launches World's Thinnest Mobile Hard Drive Exclusively for Macs LONDON, January 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -Lightweight and Durable Magnesium Enclosure Complements Apple's Popular MacBook Freecom, a Mitsubishi Kagaku Media company, today unveiled the Mobile Drive Mg - an elegant mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac market. Encased in an ultra-lightweight and strong magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is an ideal match for the Apple MacBook - perfect for those style-conscious Mac users and at just 10mm is also the thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world, allowing users to reliably expand their storage capacity with a complementary product that is elegant, portable and easy to use. The drive also features the latest USB 3.0 interface standard, which offers rapid data transfer speeds of approximately 130 MB/s. Ideal for both home and professional users who want to transfer large files quickly and carry their data on the move, the Mobile Drive Mg is significantly faster than traditional USB 2.0 solutions, enabling users to back up and upload information in a matter of seconds. The drive is backwards-compatible and will work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks, as well as forthcoming USB 3.0 models.
'The Mobile Drive Mg's magnesium enclosure has the desirable combination of sleek aesthetics and functionality that many Mac customers look for in a product,' said Jelle Stalpers, Apple Business Development Manager for Freecom. 'Visually, the colour and wafer-thin profile of the drive make it the perfect complement to the Apple MacBook, and what's more, it is really easy to use - by simply plugging the hard drive into a USB port on a computer or notebook, users can quickly back up important data and share office work, digital photos, music and movies with colleagues, family and friends. From a more practical point of view, the incorporation of USB 3.0 technology makes it possible to transfer filesin the blink of an eye.'
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The Mobile Drive Mg will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers in a range of three different models, all of which are future ready and are an exact colour match with Apple's popular MacBook. The first - the world's thinnest mobile hard drive - has a height of just 10mm, while Freecom's other models are both standard-sized mobile hard drives; the difference between them being that one comes with the added benefit of FireWire 800 technology. In addition to being incredibly strong and durable, the magnesium casing can easily be recycled - making it both practical and environmentally-friendly. The drives are also Mac formatted, making them ready for immediate use with a Macbook and 100 percent Time Machine compatible. All Mobile Drive Mg products come with a two year warranty and unlimited helpdesk support.
Pricing and availability The Mobile Drive Mg will be available from mid-January in the following capacities, with higher capacities to follow at a later date: - 320GB (10mm in height with a slim line 7mm hard drive inside, USB 3.0). RRP EUR 79,95/GBP 69.95 - 750GB (with USB 3.0, 12mm in height). RRP EUR 119,95/GBP 109.95 - 750GB (with USB 3.0 & FireWire, 12mm in height). RRP EUR 129,95/GBP 119.95.