Armed with USB 2.0 connectivity, the GOLDEN DISK external hard drive from LaCie is a smooth, stylish drive that adds a touch of artistic flash to the desktop. Storage capaicity of 1TB makes the Golden Disk a powerful workhorse. Engineered to allow easy backup, exchange, and transfer of files. Fanless design. Plug-and-play. MSRP $130. 4.5 Stars.
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The Western Digital MY BOOK MIRROR EDITION is a USB 2.0, two-drive external hard drive storage device. Drive can be configured as either RAID 1 (for duel data backup) or RAID 0 (for full 2-drive storage capacity). The My Book Mirror comes preconfigured for RAID 1 in capacities up to 2TB. It is designed with user replaceable hard drives, but it should be noted the My Book Mirror only supports Western Digital brand drives. Overall good performance. Comes with a three-year warranty and useful bundled backup software. 3 Stars.
From Seagate, the FREEAGENT XTREME is a dependable external storage drive. Equipped with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and eSata connections, the FreeAgent Xtreme keeps its price-per-gigabyte (up to 2TB) within range of competing brand models with fewer connection options. Overall very dependable, with quiet operation and professional appearance. 3 Stars.
Red Giant Software has released Holomatrix 1.0, which is a new After Effects plug-in. It is designed to allow users to recreate holographic special effects in a matter of a few mouse clicks. The package features effects including animated sci-fi holograms, ghosts, and bad TV reception. The package has 30 presets and lets the user control the look, timing, and placement of random effects.
Casio announces the 12.1-megapixel Exilim EX-G1. Described as being the “world’s slimmest shock-resistant digital camera,” the ultrathin, ultratough point-and-shoot camera is designed to be drop-, cold-, dust- and waterproof.
Armed for protection, the Rugged Hard Disk from LaCie puts storage safety first. Featuring a plug-and-play design, and available in capacities from 250GB to 500GB, the Rugged Hard Disk features triple-threat connectivity: FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and USB 2..0. A rugged performer ideal for work on the go. Three Stars.
The iamaKey flash drive from LaCie is an inventive storage and data protection design. The key-shaped design is both functional and memorable. It features a universal Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and can be used with both PCs and Macs. Its connector (Gold SIP) is both water- and scratch-resistant, making it one of the most durable and thinnest USB keys on the market. Available in configurations from 8GB to 32GB. Four Stars