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Tuesday April 11, 2006 9:22 pm
Freecom’s Sleek Aluminum Hard Drive
You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and the same applies to external hard drives, but you can quickly discern if it’s going to be something you’ll want visible on your desk, or hiding in a dark corner somewhere else. Freecom is introducing their new line of external hard drives that come in a sleek aluminum case with minimalist styling. A blue LED glows softly through the front panel, illuminating the drive’s capacity, and no noisy fans are present due to the passive cooling nature of using the case as a heat sink. Moving to the inside, the drives are standard fare, spinning at 7,200 RPM with rather small 2MB buffers. The external interface of choice is the commonplace USB 2.0, with no other options currently available (eSATA would have been nice). Looking to offer more value to the drives, Freecom is bundling their Freecom Media Suite which offers 256-encryption to help protect your data, and back-up via a synchronization utility.
Specs are as follows:
• Contents: Freecom Hard Drive, Freecom Personal Media Suite software, USB connection cable, manual on CD, Quick Install Guide
• Weight: 750 grams
• Dimensions: 11.5 x 4 x 20 cm (~ 4.5 x 1.6 x 7.9 inches)
• Speed: 7,200 RPM, Buffer 2 MB
• Warranty: 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee and unlimited helpdesk support
List pricing for the drives is set at approximately $108 (80GB), $144 (160GB) and $168 (250GB). All pricing is USD.
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