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Friday May 19, 2006 2:55 am
FireLite XPress Portable Drives With Always-On Display
Portable hard drives are terribly common, but drives with LCD displays are still fairly unique. SmartDisk introduces their palm-sized FireLite XPress drive which features a cholesteric LCD display that requires no power to sustain its readout and is always on. Cholesteric LCDs are similar in nature to electronic ink, but have the drawback of slow refresh rates. For something like the FireLite XPress, the slow refresh rate is a non-issue.
From the SmartDisk news release: “The award-winning, always-on display is readable without power, identifies the drive by a user-designated name, indicates the last date that information was recorded and provides a table of contents for the drive. The display provides excellent readability even in direct sunlight, allows for wide-angle viewing and exhibits high brightness and contrast.”
The FireLite XPress will be available this June in 60GB and 120GB capacities with list pricing being $199.99 and $299.99 USD respectively.
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