Active Media Products (AMP) has come up with a couple of combo flash drives that feature both eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces. According to the manufacturer, this allows users to take advantage of both interfaces and get the best of both worlds.
The sleek black flash drives have been dubbed the P16G-ESATA and P32G-ESATA respectively for the 16GB and 32GB versions. In size, both drives measure 3.1 x 1.1 x 04 inches and are plug-and-play ready.
In terms of data transfer rates, the eSATA interface of the devices can stretch up to 100MB/sec while reading and 50MB/sec while writing. So users who need speeds higher than those available from USB 2.0 can get it through the eSATA port.
The built-in Mini USB 2.0 port allows users to connect the drives with any gadget that supports the interface. This means connectivity, not only with desktops and laptops, but also with many media players, NAS products, and docking stations. The best part about the drives is that they have no moving parts and so are that much more reliable and stable.
"There are millions of laptops out there with eSATA ports that can take advantage of this performance," said Jerry Thomson, VP of Sales at Active Media Products. "eSATA flash drives are a great storage solution for people who need faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0 can offer, yet still need the portability of a USB flash drive."
AMP has already shipped out both flash drives to online retailers with a suggested price of $69.95 for the 16GB model and $109.95 for the 32GB model.
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