Freecom Intro The First USB 3.0 Drive
"Freecom appear with the first consumer-based device to support the high speed bus."
Freecom USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Dutch peripheral manufacturer, Freecom, introduced what they call the world's first consumer external hard drive that makes use of the USB 3.0 standard. The "Hard Drive XS 3.0" makes use of the latest USB specification, meaning improved transfer rates of up to 130MB/s, a great improvement over the previous USB 2.0 standard.
Axel Lucassen, managing director of Freecom, said "We now can transfer a 5GB movie in just 38 seconds -- it's unbelievably fast." He went on to say that the XS 3.0 will be be the "safest storage solution on the market," as it features high-speed AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The drive is well priced and should be competitive with rival models, which will no doubt appear soon. The 1TB model runs in at £99, unfortunately without the USB 3.0 controller card, which is £23 extra for desktops and £26 extra for notebooks.
Drivers for Windows XP and Vista are included, and Windows 7 supposedly has native support, no mention of Mac support though. They say the Hard Drive XS 3.0 will be available in Europe from mid-November in not only the 1TB capacity mentioned, but also 1.5TB and 2TB flavors.
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