Macworld SF 2002 Product Watch: 1GB
On A Keychain and Other Small Wonders!
Small storage options abound at macworld... 1-11-02
As we prowled around the show floor, we were amazed by how small storage
devices have become. A few USB 2.0 devices are beginning to surface,
but Macworld seemed to be FireWire's coming out party. You couldn't
complete one isle without encountering a FireWire CD-RW drive, scanner
or hard drive. In the 50GB and under range, FireWire hard drives are
amazingly small. We even came across a FireWire storage device that
measures 1.75" x 2.35" x 0.85" and
weighs just 2 ounces! If you want to build your own drive, several outfits
offer enclosures. Below, we provide you with photos of the more attractive
and exciting offerings. Click on any of the images for a larger version.
|This Cobra drive from EZQuest
packs 48GB into a modern looking enclosure that would compliment
any Mac nicely.
||The M2 from QPS isn't exactly
new, but the stackable design (showcased above) makes it worth pointing
out. The M2 has garnered high
praise from the Mac press. The M2 is currently available in
6, 10 and 20GB configurations with 30GB on the horizon.
Depot is one of several outfits offering FireWire and combination
FireWire/USB enclosures. Slap in a hard drive and you are good to
||Two offerings from WiebeTech.
The most exciting is the blue "FireWire Keychain" pictured
above. The FireWire Keychain uses flash memory making it both compact
and rugged. Pricing is not set at this point, but will be announced
at the end of this month so keep an eye on the WiebeTech
web site. Capacities will range from 64MB to 1GB! The red device
, is WiebeTech's new MicroGB drive which sports both FireWire and
USB 2.0 connections. The latter is backwards with USB 1.1 of course.
The MicroGB is available with 20, 30 and 48GB drives or without
a drive. Both devices are enclosed in anodized aluminum and use
the Oxford 911 bridge chip.
drives are, without a doubt, the sexiest hard drives we saw at
the expo. Pictured next to the green pen, the FireFly is ultra
small (2.5" x 4" x .5") and
comes in FireWire and USB 2.0 flavors. The bad news is that the
drives are 5GB only. The FireLite offers greater capacity 20,
30 or 40GB and is only slightly larger, 3.25" x 5" x .75."
The FireLite is FireWire only. Both the FireFly and FireLite can
run off bus power.